Our Las Vegas eye doctors want you to be aware of the causes and symptoms of macular degeneration and to help you keep your eye health at an optimum level throughout your life. Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas is committed to keeping you informed about vision concerns so that you can stay out front on any potential problems. Needless to say, regular visits to our Las Vegas eye doctors are an essential part of your program of preventive eye care. The sooner any possible eye problems are discovered, the better chances of having the most positive outcome possible.
The precise causes of macular generation are not known. It is thought that heredity plays a role, however, as it frequently runs in families. There may be environmental causes too, but this is speculative and no proof exists at this time. There are risk factors, though, that you should be aware of. Likelihood of macular degeneration increases with you age. It is more common in those with lighter skin color and eye color. Women are more likely than men to be affected by it. In addition, obesity, excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, sleep apnea, and certain medications increase the risk of macular degeneration. Our Las Vegas eye doctors will discuss your risk factors and genetic concerns with you as part of your comprehensive eye exam.
There are specific symptoms that you want to pay attention for, as they may help you to identify possible macular degeneration. If you experience one or more of the following, make an appointment right away to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors: blurry vision or a loss of vision close-up or far away (please note that one eye can degenerate in advance of the second eye); experiencing blind spots; objects that seem to be differently colored in one eye versus the other or straight lines that appear to be bent; if one eye sees an object as smaller than the other eye does. It is vital to be alert for any of those symptoms. Macular degeneration should be addressed as soon as possible.