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What is macular degeneration?

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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It affects central vision, the detail you need to see for driving, reading, and close work like sewing. The disorder has 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.

Because people under 55 don't usually have symptoms, the disorder is more accurately called age-related macular degeneration.

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

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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