Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in patients over the age of 65.
AMD is an age-related deterioration of the macula, the area of the retina responsible for central vision. As the eye ages, deposits can accumulate in the macula, causing thinning and deterioration over time, causing a gradual blurring or distortion of the central vision. This is the more common ‘dry’ form of the disease.
There is no cure for dry AMD, and any loss in central vision cannot be restored. However, researchers and doctors believe there is a link between nutrition and the progression of dry AMD. Where appropriate, making dietary changes and taking nutritional supplements may be recommended based on published data from the AREDS (Age Related Eye Disease Study).
Less common “wet” AMD occurs when fluid leaks from newly formed blood
vessels under the macula. This leakage blurs central vision and vision loss can be rapid and severe. If detected early, wet AMD can be treated with intraocular injections of anti-VEGF medications.
People with late-stage AMD are unable to see objects straight in front of them, making it difficult to perform many activities, like using a
computer, reading, driving, or recognizing faces. AMD typically causes no symptoms until vision begins to fade. Having routine eye exams, especially over age 50, is important for catching AMD as early as possible.
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