February is National Low Vision and Age Related Macular Degeneration month. To help bring awareness of the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams. The most important step to preventing macular problems and vision loss is early detection.
Low vision and eye diseases are on the rise and has become a major concern. Visual impairment has touched 4.2 Americans over the age of 40. That number is expected to increase to 7.2 million by the year 2030.
Unfortunately, vision impairments, such as low vision cannot be corrected with prescription glasses, surgery, contacts, or medication. It can make everyday activities very difficult. Just driving to the grocery store can be almost impossible. Leaving many adults suffering with low vision feeling depressed and helpless.
Many older adults here in Central Florida affected by age related macular degeneration.
The symptoms can include, straight lines appear disconnected or wavy, like power lines and doorways. When you are looking at a person and while everything is in focus, just their face may seem blurry. Sudden blurring or when you are reading the lines seem crooked or blurry in the center.
Age related macular degeneration occurs when the part of the retina in the eye, called the macula is damaged. The National Eye Institute explains.
The macula is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that provide sharp, central vision. It is the most sensitive part of the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. The retina turns light into electrical signals and then sends these electrical signals through the optic nerve to the brain, where they are translated into the images we see. When the macula is damaged, the center of your field of view may appear blurry, distorted, or dark.
Catching issues early is an important key to everyone’s long-term vision health. Dr. Ward and the Vision Team at Lake Nona Eye Care provides a comprehensive eye examination in a positive relaxed, environment for children and adults, ages 5 and up.
Make an appointment with Lake Nona Eye Care at one of our two Lake Nona locations, Moss Park 407-658-9990 and Eagle Creek 407-930-5305