Macular Degeneration Causes Portland, Maine

By Jackie Nguyen, M.D.

Understanding the causes of age related macular degeneration (AMD) is an important part of helping seniors preserve their eye health and vision. Age related macular degeneration is a degenerative condition of the macula that is caused by hardening of the small arteries supplying oxygen and nutrients to the retina. The hardening and narrowing of these arteries deprives the macula of oxygen and nutrition. This results in a slow but progressive loss of function. The visual effects of macular degeneration can be relatively minimal with a mild “dimming” or “distortion” of your central vision, or they can be quite profound resulting in a complete loss of your central vision. However, macular degeneration DOES NOT cause total blindness. Since the effect of macular degeneration is limited to the central retina, its effects are limited to central vision and thus it does not cause any loss of your peripheral vision.

Macular Degeneration is a complex eye disease. Fortunately with early diagnosis it is possible to have a number of treatment options available to help preserve your vision.

If you, a family member or friend have not had a recent eye examination or if you are over 50 and especially if you have a family member who has macular degeneration, you may be at greater risk for macular degeneration. Please schedule an appointment by calling Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine at 888-374-2020

Eyecare Medical Group provides diagnosis and treatment of age related macular degeneration in Maine and is conveniently located for patients from Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.

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