Recent research may provide a clue into the origin of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye condition that affects about 20 percent of Americans older than 75. Conducted by the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, the study found that tiny calcium deposits within the eyes could play a role in the development of AMD. For those who would like to know more, Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology directs readers to an article on the website mdthink.com that summarizes the findings. A more detailed description of the work appears on the UCL website.
Five important characteristics about AMD:
- Disease progression: AMD causes the vision to slowly deteriorate. It affects central vision first, causing objects straight ahead to appear blurry. This loss of clarity can interfere with daily tasks such as reading, cooking and driving.
- Risk factors: The National Eye Institute reports that some people have a higher risk for developing AMD. Smokers have about twice the risk of non-smokers. AMD affects Caucasians more than those of other races. Those with a family history of AMD are also at increased risk.
- Drusen deposits: A characteristic of AMD is the buildup of protein and fat deposits, called “drusen,” on the retina. The latest research also found tiny calcium spheres on the retina, which could be the starting point for the drusen buildup.
- Earlier diagnosis: The research suggests that AMD can be diagnosed at an earlier stage if the calcium spheres can be seen on examination. Earlier diagnosis could result in better outcomes for patients, and possibly a technique for preventing or reversing the drusen buildup.
- Prevention: Some lifestyle factors may help prevent AMD. The National Eye Institute advises not smoking, eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and fish, getting regular exercise and maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
An annual eye exam with Dr. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology includes testing for AMD. Call the office today to schedule your next appointment. It will make a difference.
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