Macular degeneration is a condition in which
the macula (the part of the retina responsible for sharp
reading vision) fails to function efficiently. It is a common
cause of impaired reading or detailed visionthe leading
cause of blindness worldwide, in fact. Macular degeneration
is generally age-related.
signs include blurred reading vision, a weakening of color
vision, distortion or loss of central vision (e.g., a dark
spot in the middle of your field of vision), and distortion
in vertical lines.
there is no cure, laser treatment can be effective in slowing
the diseases progression. As usual, early detection
UV protection is very important. General
nutrition is also believed to play a significant
preventative role. Zinc may be especially
helpful in this regard, particularly for
zinc-deficient people like seniors. There
is also some evidence to suggest that a
diet high in beta carotene (vitamin A)
and vitamins C and E can protect the macula.
However, an over-abundance of any vitamin
may affect your bodys ability to
absorb important nutrients. This is a matter
of some debate among health care professionals.
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