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Spotlight on Macular Degeneration

opthalmologist chicagoMacular degeneration is an eye condition that is caused by the retina deteriorating and vision becoming impaired. The condition can be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor or ophthalmologist in Chicago. Symptoms include the distortion of lines or the center of vision, the appearance of dark, blurry areas in the center of vision, the white out of the center of vision, and diminished or distorted perception of color.

If you experience any of these symptoms, see an eye doctor or ophthalmologist as soon as possible. There is no cure for the condition, but your eye doctor can offer several treatment options for macular degeneration. These include medication called anti-angiogenic drugs that are injected into the eyes, laser therapy or photodynamic laser therapy, and certain vitamins. Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper can sometimes decrease the risk of vision loss that is associated with macular degeneration.

If you’ve been diagnosed with macular degeneration, you can prevent the condition from getting worse by making some simple lifestyle choices. Eat a healthy diet that is rich in dark green, leafy vegetables. Eat fish, and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and limit your intake of saturated fats.

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