AMD(Age Related Macular Degeneration) is a progressive common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. There is NO treatment – Or is there??? C60 hint hint.
The macula is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that provide sharp, central vision. It is the most sensitive part of the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. When the macula is damaged, the center of your field of view may appear blurry, distorted, or dark.
AMD can cause a variety of symptoms that can affect your daily life:
- Visual field defect
The wide angle of vision that a healthy eye can see is called the “visual field.” As AMD progresses, the center of a person’s visual field may become smudged, distorted or lost. This defect causes problems with reading, driving, watching TV and recognizing faces.
- Contrast sensitivity
It becomes more difficult to see textures and subtle changes in the environment. If you become unable to see slight contrasts and textures in pavements or stairs, it can be dangerous and lead to an increased risk of falls. You may have difficulty distinguishing between two colors of a similar hue when placed side by side.
- Poor tolerance for changing light levels
It may become difficult for your eyes to adjust when driving and walking at sunset, or when going from a well-lighted room to a darker one. Glare can worsen the problem. For example, a bright shaft of sunlight streaming in through a window may cause everything outside the glare to “black out.”
- Need for higher light levels
You may find that you need brighter light levels for reading, cooking and performing day-to-day tasks.
- Impaired depth perception
An inability to properly judge distances can also make walking harder, potentially leading to missteps and falls.
Dr. Loretta Ivory, has very positive evidence that this same dosage has led to the healing of macular degeneration in her own eyes.