Dry AMD is an early stage of Macular Degeneration. Of those patients diagnosed with macular degeneration, about 85 to 90 percent are diagnosed with the dry form. Dry AMD is detected as yellow spots, called drusen, which accumulate from the debris of deteriorating tissue around the macula. This accumulation of tissue eventually creates a dark spot in the center of the image the eyes see.

While there is no FDA–approved treatment for dry AMD, research seems to indicate that certain nutrients (vitamins A, C, E, zinc and lutein) may help prevent macular degeneration or slow its rate of progress. Because these vitamins are usually taken in higher doses, you should seek the advice of your ophthalmologist.