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What is Macular Degeneration? Know this before it is too late

Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that causes vision loss. It causes loss in the center of the field of vision.
Many people over the years have suffered from this condition and its best we bring it up to enlighten our cherished readers on the condition.
In dry macular degeneration, it is the center of the retina that deteriorates whilst in wet macular degeneration, there is leaky blood vessel growth under the retina.
Blurred vision is a key symptom of this condition and should be taken seriously.
There is no known cause for this condition but major research done by world leading health institutions indicates that, it is often caused as a result of hereditary, environmental factors or a combination of both.

Some of the risk factors that can lead to or cause macular degeneration are;

Age: This disease is most common in persons over the age of 55.

Genetics / Family History: If your relative has ever suffered from this condition, there is the likelihood of you suffering from it as well. Researchers have identified several genes that are related to developing the condition.

Race: Macular degeneration is more common in Caucasians sometimes Africans

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Smoking: If you smoke a lot, then this is a gentle caution to you to help your sight. Smoking cigarettes or being regularly exposed to smoke significantly increases your risk of macular degeneration.

Obesity. Most sedentary lifestyle livers often suffer from obesity and research indicates that being obese may increase your chance that early or intermediate macular degeneration will progress to the more severe form of the disease.

Cardiovascular disease. If you have had diseases that affected your heart and blood vessels, you may be at higher risk of macular degeneration

Exposure to Screen Lights: If you are a geek, a nerd or someone who works digitally often, then this is to alert you to control your hours behind the screen and also regulate the screen brightness as this can lead to you loosing your sight.

In our next episode, we will be discussing the signs you should look out for macular degeneration.

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