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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration

What is 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.

About Macular Degeneration

The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. The macula is a small area in the retina. It is actually the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. When macular degeneration sets in, deterioration of central vision begins. Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of decreased vision in the United States in patients over age 50. Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration. People with macular degeneration may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision.

Types of Macular Degeneration:

Macular Degeneration is an age related eye disease that causes loss of central vision and typically comes in two forms known as dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration Symptoms:

Macular Degeneration Risk Factors:

If you are over the age of 60, and have not had a routine eye exam, we highly recommend calling Morristown Ophthalmology Associates, P.A. to schedule an appointment to look for early signs of this degenerative eye disease.