Macular Degeneration and Vision Loss
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the retina of the eye. It occurs when the central retina, called the macula, is damaged. With AMD, patients lose their central vision, but the peripheral, or side vision, is not affected.
AMD is very common and is a leading cause of vision loss in adults 50 years or older. Risk factors include family history of AMD, smoking, and blue eyes. There is no prevention except for discontinuation of smoking and eating a diet rich antioxidant vitamins.
Regular Eye Doctor Visits to Detect Early Signs
Because most people don’t realize they have AMD until their vision becomes blurry, it’s important to schedule regular visits with Physicians Eye Clinic. Our doctors are trained to detect early signs of AMD.
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