I went for my routine eye exam today. I was diag. with "very mild" signs of Macular Degeneration. I am only 48 years old and when the Doc told me this I was so shocked.
My Mom who is 75 was diag a few years back and I knew that I had a chance of getting Macular Degeneration from my family history.
My exam went well, no other problems but the signs of very mild Macular Degeneration and since I have a family history, he placed me on vitamins, a full exam every year and do the grid test once a week for any changes in sight.
My questions...(I was so shocked at the time, I didnt think to ask the doctor and now, hours later, my brain is racing with questions!)
1. is it common for someone 48 years old to have signs of Macular Degeneration?
2. does it always get worse? ...can it stay the same and not ever get worse?
3. I have never smoked, but worked for years around second hand smoke, can that cause MD?
4. Isnt there preventions to help slow it down, other than taking vitamins?What can I do now to help prevent this from getting worse?
Any suggestions that you have is greatly appreciated. I am still in shock and knew I had a good chance of getting MD when I became older, because of Mom ----and her Mom! both having it. But at age 48.....
5. Oh yes! "AMD" does that stand for: "Adult" MD? or "Age-related" MD?
Thank you so much for reading this, hope you can chime in with your thoughts to help me understand more.