Macular Degeneration - Age

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What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Although there are many types of macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is by far the most common type. AMD is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp central vision that is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. AMD usually affects both eyes, although the clinical appearance and degree of visual loss may vary a great deal between the two eyes.

AMD occurs in two forms. "Wet" age-related macular degeneration is less common but more aggressive in its progression to severe central vision loss. "Dry" age-related macular degeneration is the more common type and is more slowly progressive in causing visual loss.

AMD may be classified as to its severity using terms such as mild, moderate, or severe. These terms are subjective and not based on specific characteristics.

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Comment from: Kay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I was diagnosed at age 56 with dry AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and now, at 61, with wet AMD. I have received 2 intraocular injections of Avastin with 80 percent reduction of the macular swelling after the first; enough that I may not need another injection next month. Yay! AMD is prevalent on one side of my family, and my brother was diagnosed with it about the same age as I was.

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Comment from: Honey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have been very recently diagnosed with dry age related macular degeneration (AMD) at 62 years old and so I have no input on progression at this point. However, advice and research tells me that AMD usually progresses slowly and that many people don't even know they have it. There is also a great deal of medical research being conducted to locate solutions for dry AMD before it progresses to wet. Stem cell research is among the possibilities.

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