At The Greens at Cannondale’s Community Health Series on Nov. 16, The Aging Eye was the subject. Cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, detached retina, floaters, were all described, as well as the most current treatments, which change so often that a specific listing could be quickly outdated, according to Dr. Armand Daccache, who led the discussion. An eye surgeon with Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons and assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, he began by explaining macular degeneration, one of the most serious diseases of the aging eye.
“The center of the retina, at the back of the eye is called the macula. At about the sixth or seventh decade of life, when cells of the macula may start to die, they stay in the retina, impairing central vision. There is still peripheral vision, but vision at the center of the eye deteriorates.