Macular Degeneration

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Our goal is to help you preserve your vision. As we get older, we are more prone to eye disease. Our doctors use advanced measures to diagnose and help you manage difficult eye-related problems.

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WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration also referred to as, AMD, occurs when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. When your eye is looking directly at an object, light rays from that object are focused on a small but important area in the center of the retina called the macula. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp, detailed central vision called visual acuity. You need the macula to clearly see objects directly in front of you such as faces, text, and a clock on the wall.

With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close to you or far away. Your peripheral or side vision, on the other hand, will still be normal. An example taken from the American Academy of Ophthalmology website describes having AMD using a clock on the wall. If you are looking at a clock on the wall, you may be able to clearly see all of the numbers on the clock but not the clock’s hands. The clock’s hands may appear black, blurry, or splotchy.

TYPES OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
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