Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal.

Types of ARMD -

1.  Dry ARMD :Dry AMD is when parts of the macula get thinner with age and tiny clumps of protein called drusen grow. You slowly lose central vision. There is no way to treat dry AMD yet.

2.  Wet ARMD :This form is less common but much more serious. Wet AMD is when new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina. These vessels may leak blood or other fluids, causing scarring of the macula. You lose vision faster with wet AMD than with dry AMD.

Important Facts

  • ARMD can be treated nowadays by various treatment options such as.

  • Anti-Oxidant medications slow down the progress of Dry ARMD.

  • Self testing by Amsler Grid can easily detect early ARMD.
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