Adult Macular Degeneration
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- Dry AMD—This occurs when an area of the retina becomes diseased. This leads to a slow breakdown of cells in the macula. The central vision is gradually lost. Dry AMD accounts for the majority of cases.
- Wet AMD—As dry AMD worsens, new blood vessels may begin to grow. These new blood vessels often leak blood and fluid under the macula. This can lead to permanent damage of the macular region. Wet AMD is very uncommon. But, it accounts for the majority of blindness from this disease.
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty seeing details in front of you, such as faces or words in a book
- Blurred vision that goes away in brighter light
- A small, but growing blind spot in the middle of your field of vision
- Straight lines (such as door frames) appear crooked or distorted
- Have regular eye exams. The exams should include dilation to closely look at the retina.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Consider omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
American Macular Degeneration Foundation http://www.macular.org
Macular Degeneration Foundation http://www.eyesight.org
AMD Alliance International http://www.amdalliance.org
The National Coalition for Vision Health http://www.visionhealth.ca
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- Reviewer: Christopher Cheyer, MD
- Update Date: 03/11/2013 -