Macular degeneration is a disease associated with aging that can gradually reduce central vision and comes in two forms – it may be referred to as AMD or ARMD (age-related macular degeneration). The dry (non-neovascular form of the disease typically has few symptoms in its early phase, but can become progressively symptomatic over an extended period of time. The wet (neovascular) stage, is more severe and can cause rapid severe vision loss if left untreated. Early detection when the disease is still in the dry stages, can be helpful to prevent severe vision loss.
Dry macular degeneration affects between 85 to 90 percent of ARMD patients, with wet macular degeneration affecting just 10 percent of ARMD cases. People over the age of 65 and Caucasian women are at a higher risk for macular degeneration. Smokers have a higher rate of […]