Macular degeneration is becoming one of the leading causes of blindness in patients over age 60, but it's important to remember that it is a preventable loss. Generally, a routine eye exam will pick up any hint of macular degeneration, even in its earliest stages. We’re not really sure what causes macular degeneration. Certainly heredity is a factor; we think ultraviolet light may be a factor, as well as cholesterol and nutrition.
This changes almost every month because new articles come out as new information becomes available from the National Institutes of Health. Right now we feel that a routine eye exam with a dilated exam, getting a good look at the central vision, is going to tell us what’s going on in the back of the eye.