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Macular degeneration requires immediate treatment

A leading cause of permanent vision loss, macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than ten million Americans. AMD usually occurs because of deterioration of the central part of the retina known as the macula. The two basic types of macular degeneration are “dry” and “wet.” Dry AMD involves the deterioration of the retina and makes up most cases. Treatment for dry AMD typically involves lifestyle changes and nutrition. However, wet AMD is a more aggressive cause of vision loss. Early treatment for wet AMD is critical.

Symptoms of macular degeneration can include blurring or distortion of your central vision in one or both eyes. While the disease is currently incurable, there are treatment options based on the type and stage of disease progression. Macular degeneration is most likely to occur in people who are 50 and older.

Risk factors for developing macular degeneration include:

  • Age (especially those 50 and older)
  • Smoking
  • Race (Caucasians are more likely to develop the disease)
  • Family history
  • Being overweight