Dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD) is the most
common form of AMD, accounting for 9 out of 10 cases of AMD.1 Doctors may also refer to dry AMD as nonexudative AMD.
Dry AMD may begin with the buildup of yellowish white deposits under the
drusen. Over time, the deposits grow together and
harden and may interfere with the normal function of the retina and the support
cells (retinal pigment epithelium, or RPE) beneath it. Parts of the macula and
the support cells beneath the macula become thinner or break down. The blood
vessels in the choroidal layer beneath the macula and retina may also stop
working. This process is called atrophy. The breakdown of these eye tissues
damages the cells in the macula that provide central vision.
Q: My mother, 63, recently learned she has early signs of age-related
macular degeneration. What can she do to preserve her eyesight? Would certain
nutritional supplements help?
A: Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common of all
retinal disorders (damage to the eye's retina) and the leading cause of
irreversible vision loss in older adults.
Researchers have identified both hereditary and environmental factors.
Although you can't change your genes, you can help preserve...