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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition that causes central vision loss. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for adults aged 60 and older. This disease occurs when the macula (part of the retina in the back of the eye that ensures that vision is clear and sharp) degrades causing a progressive loss of vision. Symptoms include a gradual loss of ability to see clearly, gradual loss of color vision, distortion, and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision. Once your macula is damaged you cannot get that vision back so it is very important to see an eye care specialist right away if you have a history of macular degeneration and/or you are experiencing changes in your vision. Dr. Nelson can provide a treatment plan to reduce the risk of developing and/or decrease the progression of the disease.