I'm hoping this condition sounds worse than it actually is.
A retina specialist diagnosed me with it last week. It was scary to hear, but my vision with my glasses is 20/20 and I have no pain so I'm doing OK.
According to one description I found online, "drusen are small yellow or off-white deposits that form either in the tissue layer underneath the retina or on the optic nerve head. Though the exact cause of macular drusen is still unknown, their appearance near the macula is one of the most common signs of macular degeneration development."
The ophthalmologist said I should take vitamins that contain lutein, get cardiovascular exercise to improve circulation, and always wear sunglasses when I'm outside. He said I don't have macular degeneration, but I'm at risk of developing it in the future. Way in the future, I hope.
I've since read that eating foods rich in antioxidants (such as broccoli, spinach, kale, tomatoes, berries, cherries, grapes, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi fruit and more) is important for good eye health as well.
OK, I can do that.
Not sure if pizza counts. ;-) The red sauce is made from tomatoes, after all ...
Smoking can exacerbate the condition. Fortunately I've never smoked.
I wasn't going to write about this, but not writing about something here that is important to me is not being true to myself, so I decided to go for it.
After I wrote the above this afternoon I took a brisk walk (cardiovascular exercise, no?) and snapped this picture of the "afternoon moon."
I hope everyone has a great weekend! I plan to do just that.