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WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the area of the retina called the macula. This small area is responsible for producing sharp, central vision required for “straight ahead” activities such as driving, reading, recognizing faces, and performing close-up work. AMD destroys cells in the area of the macula in two different forms, “dry” and “wet.”
Dry AMD can advance so slowly that people hardly notice the change on a day-to-day basis, but over the long term, dry AMD may result in significant vision loss. Dry AMD can rapidly progress to the wet AMD with extreme vision loss in one or both eyes. If you have a family history of AMD, are over 59, or have been diagnosed with AMD, you should schedule an examination with Dr. Collins. There is no cure for macular degeneration, but Dr. Collins can recommend treatment that may be able to delay its progression or even improve your vision.