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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65. Although it rarely causes total blindness, it can cause permanent loss of your central vision making it difficult to see near and far.

Facts about AMD

  • Most people with AMD are over the age of 50.
  • It is hereditary.
  • It is less common among African-Americans.
  • Smokers have a higher risk of developing AMD.
  • It is not fully known why AMD develops.
  • The progression of AMD may be slowed by using a specific formula of vitamins.
  • 'Wet' macular degeneration may be treated with injections or laser.

Symptoms of AMD

While there are some symptoms of AMD, most people do not realize they have macular degeneration until vision problems are noticeable or it is detected during an eye exam. During its earliest stages, symptoms of AMD include:

  • Blurred distance vision
  • Blurred reading vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Dark or blank spots in the central vision
  • Colors do not look the same in both eyes

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