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An Overview of Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.

AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. It two forms: wet and dry.

Use the links above to familiarize yourself with the various forms of Macular Degeneration, learn how it develops, test your eyes with an Amsler Grid and read our updated Reports for the latest information.

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