Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age. AMD is essentially wear and tear in the macula, the small spot in the center of the retina that provides the reading and sharp central vision. Dr Macular Degeneration is wear and tear alone. Although it can cause significant vision problems, it is generally less severe and more stable. "Wet" Macular Degeneration refers to a complication of the dry type where abnormal new blood vessels form in thin areas and cause leakage and bleeding, usually resulting in rapid vision loss. Laser and injected medicines can be used to shrink these vessels and a least temporarily turn the more severe wet kind into the more stable dry kind of AMD again.