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Types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The following information is presented to you to describe each of the most common retinal diseases treated by ophthalmologists throughout the US. In every disorder you will notice that there is no treatment available to either correct, reverse, or delay the further progression of any of the diseases discussed.

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Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is a type of retinal eye disease that affects the macula, or that part of the eye located in the middle of the retina. The macula is an important part of the retina as it defines objects and words. To put it another way, the macula provides you with the details of the things that you see in your central vision. Damage to the macula could impair your central vision, which will eventually affect your day-to-day as you may find it difficult to drive, read, and do other such routine activities.  Types of AMD   There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry.   Wet AMD is less common than dry AMD but more serious. With this type of AMD, abnormal blood vessels develop just below the retina. Over time, these abnormal blood vessels will leak blood and fluid, which eventually scars the macula. This scarring results in the patient losing their vision at a faster pace compared to dry AMD.  Dry AMD, on the other hand, is the more common type of AMD. Eighty percent of patients with AMD are estimated to have the dry type. This is a slow-progression type of macular degeneration. Dry AMD occurs when the macula starts to get thinner and thinner as you age. Protein buildup also occurs, which causes bumps or clumps to develop. Over time, you may notice that your central vision isn't as clear or defined as it used to be.  Symptoms  The biggest challenge with macular degeneration is that it doesn't manifest any symptoms in its early stages. When your central vision starts to become blurry or straight lines look crooked or slanted, this may already signal an intermediate to an advanced stage of AMD.  For this reason, regular eye check-ups are strongly advised, starting at age 50 or younger, as a precaution. It is even more important to have your eyes regularly checked, at least twice a year if you have a family history of retinal eye disease.  If you have been diagnosed with AMD, there is a positive aspect. It doesn't cause complete blindness or total loss of vision. You will still have your peripheral vision. Your central vision will be impaired but not totally lost.  Are you having vision problems, particularly with your central vision? Find out how the Pittsburgh Eye Protocol program can help improve your vision here.   
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