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Is macular degeneration serious?

Macular degeneration isn't life-threatening or potentially fatal in any way. However, it is a serious threat to your vision, because it can progress from a little blurry spot in your sight to the point where you become legally blind. If you think you have macular degeneration or you think you may have it, you should talk to your doctor about treatment options to help prevent further vision loss.

Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine

Macular degeneration is essentially the deterioration of the retina and is a reduction of the nutrients from the choroid to the sensory retina, which therefore causes a deterioration of the cones in the eye. Therefore, people with macular degeneration develop a dark spot in the center of the eye, which greatly impairs their vision. This then leads to increased vasculature, leading to bleeding and scarring in the macular region of the eye, thus causing inflammation. Glaucoma is defined as the decreases in vision that is caused by decreases in the pressure of the eye due to different levels of fluid, which helps maintain the health and structure of the eye. Glaucoma affects vision, as it causes a loss in peripheral vision which leads to tunnel vision, loss of vision and even blindness.

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