Macular Degeneration – Age Related Macular Degenerations - AMD
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the macula of the eye. Read more about the symptoms and treatments of Macular Degeneration.
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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the macula of the eye. The macula is the central part of the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is responsible for central vision and has the ability to see fine details.

As some people get older the macula degenerates as part of the body’s natural aging process. This is called macular degeneration. AMD is caused by deposits of a fatty protein called drusen in the macula. This can result in distortion of your central vision and when severe result permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect peripheral vision. AMD almost never causes total blindness. Intraocular injections with anti-VEGF medicines can be site-saving in many patients.

When AMD does lead to loss of vision, it usually begins in just one eye, though it may affect the other eye later.

Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until they have a noticeable vision problem or until it is detected during an eye examination

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