Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a progressive eye disease that affects your central vision. It is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans over the age of 50 years old.
AMD occurs when the macula – the small central portion of the retina – begins to deteriorate. The macula is responsible for central vision, allowing you to see fine details like reading books or recognizing the faces of your loved ones.
There are 2 types of AMD, of which you can potentially have one or both types. Roughly 90% of AMD cases are dry (atrophic), with the remaining 10% being wet (exudative).
The following factors can increase your risk of developing AMD:
Early Stage AMD Symptoms – During the initial stages of AMD there are no noticeable symptoms. Without detection (via an eye exam1) these initial stages of AMD progress unnoticed.
Intermediate Stage AMD Symptoms – This is the stage where the symptoms of AMD begin to show. They include:
Advanced Stage AMD Symptoms – Once AMD reaches the advanced stage, complete loss of central vision is the only symptom.
There is no cure for AMD. If there is any loss of central vision as a result of your AMD going undiagnosed, it cannot be restored.
Prevention and living a healthy life are the best ways to delay the onset of AMD for as long as possible. Try the tips below to reduce your risk factors for AMD: