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How does macular degeneration affect your eyes?

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Since the macula is the central part of the retina, macular degeneration affects central vision, the detailed vision you need for driving, reading, and close work like sewing. If you were looking at a photograph, you would not be able to see the middle of the picture but could still see the edges (preserved peripheral vision). The disorder occurs in two forms, dry and wet. The less common wet form requires immediate medical attention. Any delay in treatment may result in loss of your central vision.

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Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic: "Eye Care."

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 7, 2020

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic: "Eye Care."

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 7, 2020

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