Did You Know? 89% of age-related macular degeneration patients are white.
Macular Degeneration Affects the Central Portion of the Retina
Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease with two causes: the deterioration of the central portion of the retina (the macula) or leaky blood vessels under the retina. The macula controls our ability to read, drive, recognize faces and see objects in fine detail.
AMD affects more than 10 million people in the United States – more than glaucoma and cataracts combined. In an effort to raise awareness of AMD and to promote eye health, the following guide has been prepared, summarizing the types of AMD, its symptoms and treatment options.
01 | Types of AMD
The two main types of Macular Degeneration are:
02 | Symptoms
The symptoms of AMD are typically subtle and progressive, and usually begin with a dim, blurry spot in the middle of your vision. Color perception may become weakened. If you experience either of these symptoms, consult an Ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
03 | Diagnosis & Treatment
AMD can be detected during a routine eye exam. Your eye specialist will look for tiny yellow deposits under the retina, and may recommend an angiography to look for leaky blood vessels behind the eye.
04 | Treatment
Although there is no cure for Macular Degeneration, the progression of the disease can be managed, especially with early diagnosis. Some treatment options include:
To learn more about AMD, please visit: https://www.macular.org/