Macular Degeneration affects the central vision and can begin by distorting the vision. As the disease progresses it can lead to blind spots in the central vision.
Risk factors include aging, family history of ARMD, high sun exposure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high fat intake, and smoking.
Macular degeneration is best caught early so lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, nutritional supplements and UV protection with sunglasses can slow the development of macular degeneration. Early signs of macular degeneration can be discovered during your annual eye exam.