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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration, -often called AMD or ARMD, is a disease of the eye that results in central vision loss. The macula is the part of the eye responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read, watch TV, recognize faces and drive. End Stage AMD is the most advanced form of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in individuals over the age of 65.  In early, less advanced AMD, visual symptoms are generally mild and may or may not impact vision-related activities. People experiencing advanced stages of AMD suffer from a central vision loss or a “blind spot”. For example, see the image below.

 

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There are two types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, wet and dry. The “wet” form of macular degeneration is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels from the choroid underneath the macula. These blood vessels leak blood and fluid into the retina, causing distortion of vision and may cause sudden vision loss. Wet AMD can be treated with injections of medicine into the eye. Despite treatment, some patients still progress to End Stage AMD.Until recently there was no treatment for End Stage AMD. With advances in technology and research there is now a surgical device called an Implantable Miniature Telescope which can improve vision and daily visual function in certain patients with End Stage AMD.

Learn more about the Implantable Mini Telescope.

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