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Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an eye disease. It occurs in many adults after the age of 50. One or both eyes may be affected. The macula (the part of the eye that controls central, detailed vision) becomes damaged. Central vision becomes limited. However, side vision remains clear. There are two types of macular degeneration: “dry” and “wet.”

Dry Macular Degeneration is the most common type of macular degeneration. In the early stages, changes in vision may be hard to notice. Over time, your central vision slowly worsens. You may notice wavy lines and blank spots in the center of your vision. Colors may look dim. There is no way to restore vision lost form dry macular degeneration. But you need to monitor it because it can turn into wet macular degeneration.

Wet Macular Degeneration is less common but more serious. Vision loss is quick and severe. You may suddenly notice dark spots, blank spots, wavy lines, dim colors in the center of your vision. If wet macular degeneration is caught early, laser treatment may help slow further vision loss.
Even if you have macular degeneration, the good news is that this disease doesn’t cause total blindness. To make the most of your vision, get regular eye exams and monitor your vision.
If you have macular degeneration, you can still do many of the activities you did before. Vision aids can help you with tasks that require detailed vision. You can also monitor your vision and call you doctor if you notice any changes.

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Normal fundus
Dry Macular Degeneration
Wet Macular Degeneration
Straight lines may appear wavy, images may appear smudged