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Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. You need central vision to see objects clearly and to do tasks such as reading and driving.

AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to die. There are two types: wet and dry. Wet AMD happens when abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula. These new blood vessels often leak blood and fluid. Wet AMD damages the macula quickly. Blurred vision is a common early symptom. Dry AMD happens when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down. Your gradually lose your central vision. A common early symptom is that straight lines appear crooked.

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  1. Macular Degeneration (National Library of Medicine)  
    Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It is a disease that destroys your sharp, ...
  2. Macular Degeneration Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Macular Degeneration Introduction Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a disease that affects central vision. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 ...
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  5. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) From the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)  
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  6. American Macular Degeneration Foundation (American Macular Degeneration Foundation)  
    ... A Search Search Welcome Welcome to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation web site where you can learn about this disease, find valuable resources and help conquer macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is an incurable eye disease that ...
  7. Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD); AMD ... deposits, called drusen, form. Almost all people with macular degeneration start with the dry form. Wet AMD occurs ...
  8. ... literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Age-related macular degeneration On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... definitions Reviewed June 2011 What is age-related macular degeneration? Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease ...
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