Age Related Macular Degeneration: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

AMD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

There are two main types of AMD: dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry AMD is the more common form of the disease. It is characterized by the gradual breakdown of the macula. Wet AMD is less common, but it is more serious. It is caused by abnormal blood vessels that grow in the macula and leak fluid.

The exact cause of AMD is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors for AMD include:

There is no cure for AMD, but there are treatments that can help to slow the progression of the disease and preserve vision. Treatment for AMD depends on the type of AMD you have and how severe it is.

Treatments for dry AMD include:

Treatments for wet AMD include:

If you have any concerns about AMD, it is important to see an eye doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for preserving vision.

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Adam Scarbrough Adam Scarbrough Adam is a Traverse City native. He is the Optical/Marketing Manager at Scarbrough Family Eyecare. Adam is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he studied entrepreneurship, professional sales, and marketing.

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