Feburary is National Macular Degeneration awareness month! This is an eye disease that often affects older adults and can diminish good eyesight. It most often affects the peripheral vision and can lead to blindness eventually. The best thing to do is when you are diagnosed is to keep up your appointments with your eye doctor and stay current on your medications.
here is the technical definition of the disease from wikipedia:
“Age-related macular degeneration begins with characteristic yellow deposits (drusen) in the macula, between the retinal pigment epitheliumand the underlying choroid. Most people with these early changes (referred to as age-related maculopathy) have good vision. People with drusen can go on to develop advanced AMD. The risk is considerably higher when the drusen are large and numerous and associated with disturbance in the pigmented cell layer under the macula. Recent research suggests that large and soft drusen are related to elevated cholesterol deposits and may respond to cholesterol-lowering agents.”