What is Adult Macular Degeneration

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Adult Macular Degeneration Definition


The retina is the tissue that lines the back of the eye. It sends visual signals to the brain. The macula is part of the retina. It is responsible for central vision. Macular degeneration is decline of the macula. It causes a gradual loss of sharp, central vision. The condition is mainly a disease of aging. In rare cases, it can occur in younger people.

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There are two types of adult (or age-related) macular degeneration (AMD):

  • Dry AMD-This occurs when an area of the retina becomes diseased. This leads to a slow breakdown of cells in the macula. The central vision is gradually lost. Dry AMD accounts for the majority of cases (90%).
  • Wet AMD-As dry AMD worsens, new blood vessels may begin to grow. These new blood vessels often leak blood and fluid under the macula. This can lead to permanent damage of the macular region. Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of the people with AMD. It accounts for the majority of blindness from this disease.


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