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Macular Degeneration

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Dry AMD

This form is the most common and
should be monitored because It can
turn into the more serious wet form.
The macula wears out with age, so
Vision loss is gradual and you may
Not notice it at first.

 

 

 

WET AMD

This form is less common but more
Serious. It occurs when tiny, weak
Blood vessels grow into the macula
And leak, causing the macula to bulge
And damage the retina. Rapid loss of
Vision can occur.

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What Is Age Related
Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Is a common eye disease that causes loss of vision.
It usually affects persons over 50. With AMD the
Macula (the part of the eye that controls vision)
breaks down.

Causes of AMD

The exact causes of AMD are not known.
Certain factors may increase the likelihood that a
Person will develop AMD.
These factors are:
Smoking
Farsightedness
High blood pressure
Obesity
Family history

Signs and Symtoms

One or both eyes can be affected. Loss of sharp
Central vision is often first noticed.
Other vision problems include:
Blurry images
Faded color vision
Dark spots in the center of images
Distorted lines and edges

Your Eye Exam

Light enters the eye through the pupil, the opening at
the front of the eye. Light travels to the back of the
Eye where the retina changes the light into signals.
These signals are processed by the brain into images
that you see.

Treatment for AMD:

The following medication is used to treat macular degeneration. Please consult with your physician to find out which medication is best for you.

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