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A Sign of Macular Degeneration?
August 07, 2013

A Sign of Macular Degeneration?

We spent a lovely weekend with our niece and her family who were visiting us from Dallas, Texas. Knowing that her grandfather has macular degeneration as did many of her great aunts and uncles, she commented to me that she was concerned that she may have some early signs of this retinal disease.

Eye Floaters

When I asked her about her symptoms, she told me that she often saw floaters and that she experienced them on a regular basis. She did see her eye doctor and told him about these annoying spider web shapes that presented themselves quite frequently. For whatever reason she walked away believing that this was the start of age related macular degeneration.

It's always a good idea to check with your eye doctor if you have frequent floaters, but normally they are the result of the vitreous humor shrinking and pulling on the thin retinal layer. The vitreous humor is filled with fine fibers that attach to the retina. When the fibers pull away it results in loose strands that float around in the vitreous humor and it is the actual shadow of this debris that is seen as floaters.

Not An Early Symptom

My niece was quite relieved knowing that her eye floaters were not an early sign of age related macular degeneration. However, so that she would know what to look for and what to ask her eye doctor, I gave her a few signs and symptoms to be aware of (hopefully not for many years) so that she could recognize any early changes in her vision that could be attributed to AMD.

Wondering what those signs and symptoms might be?

Signs of Macular Degeneration

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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