Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease involving the center area of the retina known as the “Macula.” AMD is very common and is the leading cause of vision loss in people 50 years old or older. There are two types of macular degeneration, Dry AMD and Wet AMD. With Dry AMD the macula gets thinner over time, which can cause a slow loss of central vision. Wet AMD is less common but more serious. With Wet AMD abnormal blood vessels develop under the macula and leak blood and fluids causing scarring of the macula and can lead to much faster loss of vision.
Many people do not know they have macular degeneration until they have loss of vision. It is important to have regular visits with an ophthalmologist to check for early signs of AMD before you have vision problems.
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