Macular degeneration is an eye disease that occurs when there are changes to central vision or macula. The macula is a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye and is used to focus on details. Macular degeneration reduces central vision and makes seeing objects and details straigh ahead difficult or impossible. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among people over age fifty. The signs/symptoms of macular degeneration can also indicate other eye health problems, so if you experience any of them you should contact your doctor of optometry immediately. In a thorough eye examination your optometrist can perform a variety of tests to determine if you have macular degeneration of other eye health problems. Schedule an eye examination with Dakota Vision Center today.