Macular Degeneration

The facts don`t lie, we are an ageing population. We are living in better health and for longer than we have ever done before.But what does this mean for our eyes?

Due to the shift in the population pyramids the prevalence of certain conditions have increased and something that has been a hot topic in the media for the past few years has been macular degeneration. For those who may not have heard of this,it is a  condition that causes a deterioration in the central vision. To confuse matters even more it often arises in two forms!

One is due to a collection of fluid/blood at the back of the eye, this is often treated at the hospital and tends to be a relatively fast onset. It can often be characterised by a sudden distortion in vision i.e things that should be straight don`t look straight or a sudden loss of central vision.

The second type is the one i would like to focus a little more on. This is often a slow progressive build up of waste products in the central vision. This is because the membranes can no longer remove the waste products due to oxidative stress and inflammation (or at least that`s the current train of thought). This means the waste products build up and produce  little “white spots” called  drusen. These then stop the retinal cells from operating at there maximum potential and reduce or distort what we see.As the druse increases they often stick together and reduce the function even further , this is what starts to cause the visual changes.

It is believed there are many things that contribute towards the formation of these druse but the exact cause is yet not known.These can be factors such as age, genetics , smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. Now none of this is meant to be a scare tactic and don`t get me wrong some of us naturally show a little “wear and tear” at the back of the eyes like we do in any part of the body with age. But like any condition are we doing enough to manage and help and give the body the things it needs to help reduce the impact of these things?

Personally i think most of us are not. There has been a great deal of research put into how nutritional supplements can be used for our eyes, the vitamins and anti-oxidants they require to give them the best chance of staying healthy! This extends beyond just having a healthy diet and protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays!

We always have used and supported a product called Nutrof Total and there is a reason it has been the best selling eye nutritional product in Europe. The company is based in Keele university and through research and development they have created a once a day formula with a comprehensive array of vitamins and and minerals helping maintain healthy eyes and normal vision.Now don`t get me wrong it may not completely stop the development of macular degeneration and may not reverse any current signs of it but the idea is to provide the eye with all the things it requires to give it the best chance of functioning at its best.

The ways in which we detect AMD  vary and if you have any concerns at all about your vision please come in and book an appointment with us.We always aim to stay at the forefront with our technology and so we have  invested deeply in to a 3D optical coherence tomography scanner to help us see deeper layers of the retina and to visual these drusen and there impact the best we can. This technology also enables us to track any subtle changes at the macular and address then as required.

There so much to discuss about macular health and unfortunately i don`t have enough words to write it all down on here. Please feel free to book an eye examination with one of our senior optometrists and we will be happy to talk about any of your ocular concerns and what the best visual solution would be for you.We can also demonstrate just how our advanced eye examination gives us the best possible chance of picking up any ocular disease. Thanks for your time and if there is anything we can do just give us a call.

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