1. IT’S SERIOUS
Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It is a progressive eye condition that affects the macula, which is the part of the eye responsible for central vision.
2. THERE ARE TWO FORMS OF AMD
Dry AMD is the most common type – it the breakdown of the light sensitive macula cells which causes blurred vision. Over time it can cause the macula to lose function leading to the loss of central vision. Wet AMD, also known as advanced AMD, causes quick rapid loss of central vision.
3. RISK FACTORS
Risk factors of AMD include:
• Being over the age of 60
• Race – Caucasians are at higher risk
• Having a family history of AMD
• Gender – Females are at higher risk
Some symptoms include blurred vision, straight lines that appear distorted or crooked and dark, blurry areas or a blind spot in the center of your vision.
5. EARLY DETECTION IS IMPORTANT
Getting an annual comprehensive eye exam can help to detect and diagnose AMD. With early detection, an ophthalmologist can help you take steps that help reduce the risk of progression.