Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
A condition in which there is a slow breakdown of in the center of the (the light-sensitive layers of at the back of the ). This blocks vision in the center of the eye and can cause problems with activities such as reading and driving. Age-related macular degeneration is most often seen in people who are over the age of 50.
About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
AMD is a common condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the and the part of the eye needed for sharp, , which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.
In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both . As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your . Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be.
AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house…