Early Detection of Macular Degeneration

Doctors may be failing to catch the earliest signs of a major cause of blindness.

The issue is – if it’s caught very early, age-related macular degeneration can be treated, and vision preserved.

If not, it’s much harder to slow down.

And a new study suggests many doctors may be missing the early signs.

A team at the University of Alabama-Birmingham used advanced digital photography to look at the eyes of 13-hundred older people who had normal vision on a standard exam.

They found that 1 in 4 of those people actually had degeneration in their retinas.

In many cases, it was early enough that the problem could be reversed by diet, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle.

For more info:

http://6abc.com/health/doctors-may-be-missing-earliest-signs-of-macular-degeneration/1925661/

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/2621881

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