One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A degenerative condition affecting the central part of the retina (the macula) and resulting in distortion or loss of central vision. It occurs especially in older adults, in which case it is called age-related macular degeneration.
There are two types of macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration, which may progress rapidly, is characterized by the build-up of fluid under the retina, causing bleeding and scarring that leads to sight loss. Dry macular degeneration tends to progress more slowly and is characterized by the gradual deterioration of the visual cells, without build-up of fluid
- ‘His gradual loss of sight is the effect of macular degeneration, which affects central vision.’
- ‘Anyone older than 55 should have their eyes examined when dilated to look for signs of macular degeneration.’
- ‘She was finding it harder to read (or recognize faces) since developing macular degeneration.’
- ‘Lutein, the carotenoid found in dark leafy green vegetables, corn and egg yolks, has been shown to prevent macular degeneration.’
- ‘I'm a 73-year-old male that's just been diagnosed with early stages of macular degeneration.’
- ‘Five years ago, the artist was given a diagnosis of macular degeneration which has yet to take effect.’
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