Macular degeneration is the result of a buildup of metabolic waste material in the most active area of the retina. This area is called the macula, and it is more active than parts of the brain. This waste material collects into spots called drusen, and the size and amount of drusen determine the severity of the disease. It is most helpful to identify in its early stages as Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two antioxidants that have been proven to slow down progression. It is difficult for patients to pick up on initial symptoms, but they may include blurring or dimming of your central vision, objects may look warped and distorted, or there is a blank or blind spot in the center of your field of vision.
Two types of macular degeneration—wet and dry. The dry form is by far the most common type.
Currently, there is no cure or way to reverse Macular Degeneration, so our best efforts are aimed at prevention, early diagnosis, and introduction of antioxidants to the diet. These antioxidants have not been shown to prevent the onset, so they are not generally recommended for anyone that does not currently have macular degeneration. Regular eye examination may help you find out if you are at risk and early detection can sometimes delay the loss of vision. Age and genetics are risk factors for macular degeneration that you cannot control but quitting smoking, wearing UV protective glasses, and having a healthy diet can reduce risk. Healthy dark-skinned foods such as kale, spinach, broccoli, berries, and peppers are high in natural antioxidants.
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You should see an optometrist when there are changes in vision, problems with eye movement or when headaches or eyestrain occur regularly. Children’s eye exams begin at six months old, adults should get an eye exam every two years, and seniors should get an eye exam every year.
A comprehensive eye exam from Louie Eyecare Centre in Edmonton costs $135. This includes a 3d retinal optomap of the back of the eye. We offer direct billing options with Alberta Blue Cross and Green Shield Canada (GSC). If you are with another insurance provider, you may be required to pay at the clinic and submit your claim to your insurance provider.
Eating a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, including your eyesight. Here are some specific foods that are particularly good for your eyes: carrots, dark leafy greens, brightly coloured vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds.
Healthy eyes can benefit from many of the same vitamins and minerals that are good for your overall health, including vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Louie Eyecare Centre can advise you on which supplements may be right for you.
Most people only need an eye exam once a year, but it depends on your age, health and how often you have problems with your vision. Children usually need more frequent exams because their eyes are still developing. Adults older than 65 may also need more frequent exams since changes in the eye and vision occur with age. If you have a family history of eye problems, or if you’re experiencing vision problems, you should visit your optometrist more often. At Louie Eyecare Centre we offer comprehensive eye exams that will help diagnose any potential problems early.
After age 65, you should have an eye exam every year. It’s important to have regular eye exams because your risk for developing age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts, increases with age. Louie Eyecare Centre can help you keep your eyes healthy as you age.