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Age related macular degeneration can result in vision loss due to the deterioration of the macula, an area within your retina. Your macula is responsible for your ability to see fine details such as needlepoint stitches and the small print on the back of a vitamin bottle. It also enables you to see a movement in the periphery of your eyes.

As you get older, you may show symptoms of age related macular degeneration such as blurriness when you look at details. You may initially feel that one eye has normal vision while the other eye doesn't process fine details as well. Cover one eye and then the other and view the small print on a medicine bottle to see if this is the case for you. If you start exhibiting these symptoms, contact your physician and have her refer you to an ophthalmologist immediately so you can start taking care of your eyes.

There are two types of age related macular degeneration – dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration occurs when the macula gets thinner and your eyes start to exhibit gradual vision loss. Follow your ophthalmologist's instructions and take care of your eyes if you are diagnosed with dry age related macular degeneration. This is important because your condition may get worse if you don't, and you may end up with wet macular degeneration which is more damaging to your vision.

Wet macular degeneration occurs when the blood vessels underneath your retina grow abnormally and leak causing your vision to blur. This condition can get worse quickly. Go to your physician immediately and have your vision tested if you sense that your vision is deteriorating rapidly.

Vitamins such as beta carotene, C and E may help slow down dry macular degeneration (based on an AREDS study conducted by the National Eye Institute). You can also protect your eyes from direct sunlight by wearing sunglasses outdoors.

Remember, the health of your eyes is very important. Talk to your physician if you are showing any symptoms of age related macular degeneration.