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Will you lose your sight if you have age-related macular degeneration?

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People rarely lose all of their sight from age-related macular degeneration. You may have poor central vision, but even with advanced age-related macular degeneration you'll still be able to see things to the side, outside your direct line of sight. And you'll still be able to do many of your regular daily activities.

With the severe form of either wet or dry  macular degeneration, your central vision may decrease to less than 20/200 in both eyes. Even though you'll have peripheral vision, your vision problems meet the definition of legal blindness.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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