Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects part of your retina called the macula, which is responsible for central vision and fine detail we see. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50.
Types of AMD
There are two types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Wet and Dry AMD.
About 90% of people with AMD have dry AMD. Dry AMD is when the macula develops degenerative changes and tiny clumps of protein (called drusen). This may lead to a slow decline in central vision.
While less common, wet AMD is associated with more acute vision changes. Wet AMD is when new blood vessels grow under the retina. These vessels may leak blood, scarring the macula.
Currently, there is no cure for AMD. However, early detection and supplement therapy can help slow the progression of AMD. During your eye exam, you doctor will look for any changes in your retina and may use technology to scan and receive detailed images of your retina and macula. Based on the results, your doctor may recommend optical devices or therapies in the office to help you maintain your lifestyle.