Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration also referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a primary cause of loss in vision in individuals age 50 and older. It is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. Central vision is required in order to see objects clearly and to do common daily tasks such as reading and driving.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) 

Age-related macular degeneration also known as “AMD”, is the deterioration of the center of the retina called the macula. The macula is the part of the retina which is responsible for our central vision, and our ability to see color and fine detail when looking directly at an object. Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. In the early stages of AMD there is little or no vision loss. As the disease advances, images can become blurred or distorted, or a dark or empty area can appear in the center of the vision. AMD does not cause total blindness because side vision is not affected. There is some good news related to macular degeneration. With regular check-ups, early diagnosis and new treatment options, we are now able to maintain visual acuity in most patients and improve vision in a significant number of patients suffering from this condition.

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