Macular eye degeneration

What is Macular eye degeneration?

The back of your eyeball is lined with a layer of special cells, called the retina, that function sort of like a projection screen. When light strikes them, these cells respond with a series of chemical changes that make electrical nerve signals your brain can interpret as an "image." The small portion of the retina most directly in the line of incoming light is called the macula, which contains the most sensitive (sharply seeing) part of the eye.
Macular eye degeneration With aging, the macula can begin to wear out, a condition we call macular degeneration. As this wearing out occurs—steadily with each decade of age past 50— sharpness of vision declines. By age 75, 30% of people have some degree of macular degeneration.

Macular eye degeneration is the leading cause of severe visual loss in the U.S. and Europe in people over 55 years of age. The problem occurs more commonly in Caucasians, slightly more often in women, and seems to run in the family. Cigarette smoking hastens its development. Since this disorder is one of aging, it stands to reason that nutrients that help to combat the damaging effects of age might help. And indeed, they seem to. Let's see how in Macular degeneration diet.

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