Age Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive, blinding eye disease affecting individuals over age 50. Over fifteen million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, and approximately two million new cases are diagnosed each year. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.
In this disease, the light-sensing cells (photoreceptors) in the central area of vision degenerate and eventually die. The center of the eye, known as the ҭaculaӠarea of the retina, is affected, resulting in loss of central vision. Peripheral vision remains intact.