Lesions that Cause Macular Degeneration May Be Preventable

People who suffer from macular degeneration may benefit from early treatment for the eye disease according to a study published by researchers at Ladspitali University Hospital and the University of Iceland.

There is evidence showing some eye lesions that cause macular degeneration may be preventable, making early treatment for the degenerative eye disease a key to preventing the advancement of the disease.

The author of the study, Dr. Fridbert Jonasson indicated specialists need to catch macular degeneration early and begin treatment as soon as possible.  Treatment of macular degeneration at the early stages were shown to help reduce the risks associated with developing late stage macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is an eye disease caused by the build up of drusen on the eye (dry macular degeneration) or when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow behind the retina (wet macular degeneration).  Both forms of macular degeneration result in the development of scar tissue.

In the recent study, photographs of patients eyes were examined and researchers concluded 11 percent of all people in their late 60s showed signs of macular degeneration.  In people over 85 years old, 36 percent showed signs of early macular degeneration.  Late stage macular degeneration increased with age as expected, but Jonasson was surprised with the prevelance of late macular degeneration among older citizens.

This research clearly indicates eye specialists and must be more deligent when examining the eyes of patients and in their screening for the early signs of macular degeneration.