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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Learn more about this very common vision problem.

Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, called the macula. It is responsible for your central clear vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age. There is a dry form (most common) and a wet form. The dry form involves the destruction of the retinal tissue. This may convert to the wet form if bleeding or fluid becomes involved. While there are treatments to manage the wet form, there is no definitive treatment for the dry form. No treatment can reverse the damage but treatment may be able to slow or prolong it.