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Care for macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease characterized by the loss of vision in the center of the visual field and overall blurred vision. Doctors may use a special combination of vitamin/mineral supplements (known as AREDS) to slow the progression of macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over age 60.

AMD is caused by a problem with the retina. When the central part of the retina, called the macula, is damaged, you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details from near or far. Your peripheral (side) vision typically remains normal. The effect of macular degeneration is like looking at a dartboard without a bulls-eye. There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. About four out of five people with macular degeneration have the dry type. The wet type is far more serious and causes you to lose your vision faster. Regular visits with your eye doctor or optometrist can help identify macular degeneration in its earliest, most treatable stages.

Trust optometrist Eddie Alan Smith, OD, at Smith Eye Care for comprehensive for family eye care and convenience. Call us at 405.372.7337 or use our Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation. Our location is in downtown Stillwater near Boone Pickens Stadium. Our service area includes Perry, Stillwater, Cushing, Perkins, Morrison and Oklahoma City.