WEST CHESTER, PA–(Marketwired – Apr 28, 2015) – Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is an eye disorder distinguished by damage and/or deterioration of the macula — the region of the retina responsible for clear central vision and the ability to see in fine detail. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.8 million people in the United States who are 40 years of age and older are affected by ARMD. By 2020, the CDC projects this number to reach 2.95 million.
While ARMD is primarily brought on by aging, research indicates that heredity may also be a cause of age-related macular degeneration, states Dr. Bruce R. Saran, a retina specialist and ophthalmologist in Chester County, PA. In addition, he notes that factors such as high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, unprotected sun exposure, and diet are also believed to heighten one’s risk for developing and/or worsening the eye condition.
The two forms of age-related macular degeneration are “dry” ARMD and “wet” ARMD, both of which may not be symptomatic at first. Although both forms typically involve diminishing of the retina and can lead to permanent vision loss, retina specialist Dr. Michael J. Ward explains that wet ARMD has the added component of fluid and blood leakage in the eye caused by the abnormal growth of blood vessels underneath the macula. He adds that while dry ARMD accounts for approximately 90% of age-related macular degeneration cases, wet ARMD is responsible for over 80% of individuals who are diagnosed legally blind from the disorder.
At Chester County Eye Care Associates, Drs. Saran and Ward offer a variety of options to help treat and/or hinder the progression of macular degeneration, depending on the specific form and severity of the condition. Though scientific research has yet to yield a medical procedure that can effectively slow or cure dry ARMD, Dr. Saran says evidence suggests that consuming a diet rich in antioxidants and eye-healthy vitamins and supplements may aid in the prevention of the disease’s advancement. For wet ARMD, however, he notes that methods such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) have proven to help prevent further vision loss for many patients.
Ultimately, Drs. Saran and Ward encourage taking as many preventative measures as possible to limit one’s probability of developing age-related macular degeneration, including avoiding cigarette smoking, wearing protective eyewear in the sun, and eating a healthy diet full of beneficial nutrients. For anyone who suspects they may be suffering from ARMD, the doctors recommend seeking an experienced and trusted ophthalmologist to help ensure they receive the highest quality of care.
About Bruce R. Saran, MD
After obtaining his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Rochester, New York, Dr. Saran earned his medical degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2535654#ixzz3YbrlywVL
Source: Digital Journal