Macular Degeneration is a disease that destroys sharp central vision. It occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located in the inside back layer of the eye. This disease is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) occurs in two forms: dry and wet.
Dry Macular Degeneration
Dry Macular Degeneration is the most common form of AMD. Dry AMD occurs when the tissue becomes thin and stops working properly. There is no treatment for this type of AMD. Any vision loss that occurs from Dry AMD cannot be restored.
Wet Macular Degeneration
Wet Macular Degeneration is less common than Dry Macular Degeneration. Wet AMD occurs when fluids leak from newly formed blood vessels under the macula. This leakage blurs central vision and the resulting vision loss can be rapid and severe. Wet AMD may respond to laser procedures and medication injections if diagnosed and treated early.
Symptoms of AMD
Symptoms of AMD include:
- Gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly.
- Shapes of objects are distorted.
- Straight lines look wavy or crooked.
- Loss of clear color vision.
- Dark or empty area in the center of vision.
If you are experiencing or begin to experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. The best way to protect yourself from vision loss is to attend your scheduled yearly comprehensive eye exam.
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