AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
What is it?
As the name implies, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when
the macula degenerates with increasing age. The macula is located in the
center of the retina and provides information for fine, detailed vision
when you look straight ahead. Damage to the macula results in problems
with central vision.
The exact cause of AMD is not known. For some reason, the macula fails
to receive the nutrients it needs to survive and it degenerates.
AMD may cause:
Problems reading books
Washed out colors
Blindspots in the central
Gender: women may be at greater
risk than men.
Smoking: smoking may increase
the risk of AMD.
Family History: AMD may run
Cholesterol: people with
high levels of blood cholesterol may be at higher risk for AMD.
Eye examination: an eye doctor
will look for problems with the macula.
an intravenous dye is injected into a patient. Photographs are taken
as the dye passes through retinal blood vessels.
a laser is used to destroy abnormal blood vessels that develop in the
People who suffer
from Macular Degeneration may also suffer from Charles Bonnet Syndrome.