Age-related Macular Degeneration
Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, also known as the macula. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. It controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail. While most people with AMD never go completely blind, the disease robs them of their straight-ahead eyesight and leaves them with only some vision at the periphery of their visual field.

AMD is a major cause of visual impairment in the United States, affecting more than 15 million Americans. The disease typically happens to individuals over age 55, and the older you are, the greater your risk. According to the Macular Degeneration Partnership, an estimated  14 to 24 percent of Americans aged 65 to 74 have AMD, and after age 75, more than one in three cope with it. 

Current research is making great strides in developing new treatments for AMD, and even today, if you have AMD, there is much you can do to improve your quality of life.

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