As people get older, the risk for AMD (age-related macular degeneration) increases. An individual is more likely to have AMD if they are 55 years of age or older. Additionally, if there is a history of AMD in someone’s family, the risk is higher. It is estimated that – in the United States – some form of AMD is currently being experienced by more than 11 million individuals. By the year 2050, that estimate is expected to double.
Though macular degeneration in seniors cannot be cured, it can be treated.
What Is MD (Macular Degeneration)?
Due to the thinning of the macula, reduced or blurred central vision is caused by MD. Some areas of vision may appear distorted or wavy, or the individual may experience blind spots.
Affecting the retina, MD (macular degeneration) is a disease that occurs over time. Compared to younger adults, retirement age adults are particularly at higher risk due to some forms of MD being related to aging. To provide adequate treatment for individuals with AMD, research is constantly being conducted, though no cure has been found yet.
For the treatment of AMD, this shining beacon of hope is a new procedure. Because it uses lasers, it had been deemed dangerous in the past. However, the entire outlook on this treatment has now changed.
To prevent further eye damage from the condition, an area is treated with a laser after a particular surgical procedure is executed. This treatment is usually carried out under general anesthetic or, at the very least, a strong sedative.
Photodynamic Laser Therapy
This procedure involves two steps. Abnormal blood vessels are damaged through the introduction of medication. Then, to activate the medication, a laser is used. For older adults, this is a good option. It’s a single, simple procedure that reduces the need for repeated visits and tends to work faster than some other treatments (see below).
Over an extended period of time, this treatment is injected into the eye to interfere with the process of MD. In essence, it blocks new blood vessel development (in abnormal vision areas) and can help stop retina leakage.
By taking certain vitamins, the effects of MD may be lessened. If your loved one has trouble getting all the vitamins they need through meals, consider supplements (after discussing it with their physician). Some of the most beneficial foods are highly colored vegetables and fruit, and leafy green vegetables for their zeaxanthin and lutein. At low levels, zinc may also be useful.
Enjoy Life to the Fullest at Hidden Meadows on the Ridge
Several living options are available for retirement age adults wishing to reside at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge. Discuss with your loved one which you feel is most appropriate for them. Regardless of the program you and your loved one choose, they will always find exciting events and experience personalized care.
Whether your loved one needs assistance or wishes to remain independently active, we’ve got you – and them – covered.
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