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Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, the part of the eye responsible for sharp, central vision and which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.
  • In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, symptoms include:
    • A blurred area near the center of vision, which may grow larger overtime
    • Blank spots in your central vision.
    • Objects may be less bright than they used to be
  • While AMD does not lead to blindness, the loss of central vision can interfere with everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close-up work.
  • Certain tests may be used to check for AMD. Ask your eye doctor about them at your annual eye exam.

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