Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Vision Loss
Age-related macular degeneration, also called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. AMD is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of your eye’s retina responsible for the sharp vision that you rely for activities such as reading and driving.
The symptoms of AMD include shadowy areas in your central vision or unusually fuzzy or distorted vision and lightening of your eye color. The process is usually slow and painless which makes it more likely to go undetected for a time.
The causes of AMD are typically aging and genetics. Other common risk factors for developing AMD also include obesity, high blood pressure and smoking.
If you notice any symptoms of AMD and are beginning to see signs of vision loss, call us today to schedule an eye exam. There are some treatments available to delay its progression and even improve vision.