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Macular Degeneration

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The nerve cells in the macula change light into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. These cells allow the eye to see form, color, and detail. Age-related macular degeneration damages the nerve cells in the macula, resulting in vision loss.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven T. Charles, MD - Ophthalmology
Last Revised July 20, 2011

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Last Updated: July 20, 2011
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