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February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month!

The macula, the most sensitive part of the retina, is highly concentrated with cells that make up your fine visual acuity, central vision, and color vision.

 

There are two types of AMD; dry and wet. Dry AMD is the early form that ranges from fatty deposit accumulation in the macula, (known as drusen) to disruption and atrophy of macular cells. Wet AMD is when new blood vessels grow in the macular area that leak blood and/or fluid. This type is more severe and needs treatment, usually through injections or lasers to decrease progression of vision loss.

 

The best way to decrease risk of AMD, is through lifestyle and diet. 

It’s important to bring this debilitating condition to awareness because although  there’s a genetic predisposition, there are still many factors you can control to decrease risk of AMD.

 

This includes:

Early detection is critical in managing and treating this condition. Remember to see your eye doctor for your annual comprehensive eye exam and eat your veggies!

Author
Parisa Jalalat, OD Parisa Jalalat, OD Dr. Parisa Jalalat is a California board-certified optometrist with therapeutic and glaucoma certifications. She has a passion for providing top quality, innovative eye care and a personalized patient experience. She is experienced in performing comprehensive eye exams, treating ocular diseases, dry eye, co-managing ocular surgeries, and fitting soft and hard contact lenses.

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