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Macular Degeneration

Age-related macula degeneration is currently the leading cause of blindness in persons over age 65 in America. This is a degenerative disease of the macula; the macula is the part of the retina responsible for central vision. There are two forms of the disease: Dry and Wet. The dry form is far more common and luckily only rarely results in significant vision impairment. The wet form is less common but usually results in significant vision loss. Our understanding of this disease is getting better through active research, and new treatment options are being introduced all the time. Ophthalmologists are able to detect the early changes that put patients at risk for macular degeneration and to recommend screening and prevention strategies. For patients who do have vision loss from the disease, it is critical to remember that our treatments today are much better than they were even a few years ago, and that there is definite hope for stabilization and even improvement in vision.

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