Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula, a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. Oftentimes, macular degeneration is part of the body’s natural aging process.
Macular Degeneration is caused by the formation of deposits called drusen under the retina, and the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina, in some cases. While macular degeneration robs the central vision, it almost never causes total blindness. In most cases, peripheral vision remains.
Our ophthalmologists will determine the preventative steps and treatment that is right for you. Make an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists to learn more. There are many devices specifically designed to help people with low vision due to eye disease function better. Learn more about Low Vision here.