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What are the types of age-related macular degeneration?

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The more common "dry" form of AMD has yellow deposits, called drusen, in the macula. A few small drusen may not cause changes in vision, but as they grow in size and in number, they may lead to dim or distorted vision, especially when you read. In more advanced stages the light-sensitive layer of cells in the macula may thin and die. Then you may have blind spots in the center of your vision or lose central vision. The "wet" form of has abnormal blood vessels that grow from the choroid underneath the macula. These leak blood and fluid into the retina, distorting your vision so straight lines look wavy, as well as causing blind spots and loss of central vision. Eventually a scar forms, leading to permanent loss of central vision.

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National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

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