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Macular degeneration


Preserve sight with early treatment


Macular degeneration
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You visited an eye doctor because it's gradually become more difficult for you to read smaller print. You thought you'd just get an updated prescription for your eyeglasses, so you were surprised to hear you appear to have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD is a chronic eye disease that develops when tissues of the macula at the back of the inner eye begin to deteriorate. The macula is part of the light-detecting layer of tissue (retina) that's responsible for the central area of your field of vision and your ability to clearly see fine details.

In developed countries, AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 and older. It doesn't cause total blindness since side (peripheral) vision isn't affected. Still, the decline and possible loss of central vision can greatly impact your ability to read, drive, cook and even socialize.



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