The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. In the center of this nerve tissue is the macula. The macula provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and seeing fine detail. Macular Degeneration (ARMD) affects this vital part of the eye.
Macular Degeneration Is an Age Related Disease
Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It is a disease that destroys the sharp, central vision needed for reading and driving. Macula Degeneration does not hurt, but it slowly destroys the cells in the macula.
There Are Two Types of AMD
There are two types: wet and dry. Wet AMD happens when abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula. These new blood vessels often leak blood and fluid. Wet AMD damages the macula quickly. Blurred vision is a common early symptom. Dry AMD happens when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down. You gradually lose your central vision. A common early symptom is that straight lines appear crooked.
It Is Important To Detect Macular Degeneration Early
Regular comprehensive eye exams can detect macular degeneration before the disease causes vision loss. Treatment can slow vision loss, but it does not restore vision. We recommend being screened for age-related macular degeneration annually every year after the age of 40.
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