Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 15, 2013 @ 7:51PM
Created on February 15, 2013 @ 5:49PM
Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older. The eye condition causes central vision loss, but many people don't realize they have it.
Symptoms include straight lines or faces appearing wavy, doorways seeming crooked, and objects appearing smaller or farther away. The problem with this condition is since most people don't know about it, they think those problems aren't serious.
That's putting others at risk as well. Many older people will continue driving with macular degeneration. The condition makes it harder to see straight ahead of you, and when you're behind the wheel, that means you'll have trouble seeing other cars, stop lights, and the lines on the road.
That's why if you have any of the symptoms, you need to head to the eye doctor right away. The good news is there are ways to treat the condition, if it's detected early.
Those treatments can stop more serious problems including vision loss.
"People over 55 really need to have a full dilated eye screen for macular degeneration and other eye issues. If they're found to have advance wet form of macular degeneration, we know from a study that was just published in the Journal of Opthalmology late last year, that if they're treated with a drug called Lucentis, which is a standard of care, most of those people maintained driving level vision," said Dr. Michael Cooney.
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