Age-related macular degeneration is a medical condition that leads to breakdown or degeneration of the eye’s macula, which is the light sensitive-tissue, lining the back of the eye, resulting in blurred vision. The macula is that part of the retina responsible for central vision that enables you to see the finer details. Symptoms are gradual worsening of vision in both eyes. This is an age related disease that affects the elderly, however, genetic factors and smoking may lead to macular degeneration much earlier
HOW IS AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION DIAGNOSED?
Few tests are there in Ophthalmology that can diagnose the disorder: • Measuring visual activity and dilation of retinal • Angiography • OCT or optical coherence tomography
HOW IS AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION TREATED?
There is no cure for AMD. However, ophthalmological treatments such as laser therapy, use of anti-angiogenic drugs and photodynamic laser therapy can help to prevent complete vision loss and slow the progression of the disease considerably.
DID YOU KNOW?
AMD accounts for almost 54% of all vision losses in the USA.