Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in people 65 years or older. AMD can result in blurred vision or loss of vision. The challenge is that often in the early stages there are no symptoms. It involves the breakdown of the macula of the eye (which is responsible for the sharpness of your vision).
A person with AMD may be able to clearly see a calendar on a wall, but the numbers and letters would appear blurred. As the condition progresses some people can experience a gradual loss of vision in one or both of their eyes. This usually does not cause complete loss of all vision however the loss of your ventral vision field can make it very difficult to drive, read or participate in regular daily activities. In severe cases visual hallucinations can also occur. That is why it is very important to get regular comprehensive eye exams! Problems can be detected early on and treatment can be made a priority.t can be made a priority. Other preventative measures include a health diet, exercising and not smoking.
Other symptoms that can present themselves in a person with AMD include:
Treatment of AMD varies depending on the progression of the disease. Usually it is focused on slowing down the progression of AMD including diet and lifestyule changes as well as the inclusive of mineral and vitamin supplements. To date there is no treatment to cure or reverse the effects of AMD.