Macular Degeneration

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The “macula” is the name of the central vision area of the retina. The macula allows us to see all details like faces, TV, computer, reading, driving, etc. If the macula does not function properly, we are left with only peripheral vision and many tasks become difficult or impossible. Macular degeneration implies a deterioration of the vision cells and often the underlying pigment layer in the macula. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the most common cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age or older. AMD can develop slowly so that people notice little change in their vision. In others, however, the disease progresses faster and may lead to rapid loss of central vision in one or both eyes. Although there are no cures for the disease, treatments may help slow or even reverse associated vision loss. Such treatments may include the use of intraocular injections administered in an often painless in-office procedure.