Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The macula is the light-sensitive part of the retina needed to see objects clearly when we read, drive or watch television. If the macula breaks down, there is a gradual, painless loss of vision in the central field of vision, leaving an intact peripheral vision, like there is a hole in your vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years of age in the United States.

Who is most likely to get AMD:

There are two types of AMD; 90% of patients have the dry form of AMD and 10% have the more severe wet form of AMD.  Vision loss is gradual in the dry form while it is more rapid in the wet form.  It is important to monitor dry AMD closely, as it can progress to the more severe wet form. 

Symptoms of macular degeneration include:

At this point, there is no known cure for AMD.  Your doctor may recommend eye vitamin supplements to help control the disease.  It is recommended that patients who are at risk to consume a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, exercise regularly, always wear UV protective sunglasses when exposed to the sun and to stop smoking. In severe cases, Wet AMD can be treated with laser therapy or an injection of ocular medication/implant may be necessary. 

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