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Home » Treatment of Eye Disease » Eye Diseases » Macular Degeneration » Dry Macular Degeneration

Dry Macular Degeneration

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For most patients, the earliest clinical sign of macular degeneration is the formation of retinal drusen in the back of the eye.  At this stage of the disease, there are usually no vision symptoms.

Symptoms of macular degeneration

  • No vision loss early in the disease
  • Reading small print becomes difficult as the disease progresses
  • Problems driving at night increase as the disease progresses
  • Complaining of a "dark spot" in your vision is a symptom in the late stage of the disease

Treatment Options

  • Early, age-related dry macular degeneration is treatable with nutrition therapy
  • Decrease exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Behavior modification

    • lose weight
    • stop smoking
    • improve diet
    • increase exercise