MACULAR DEGENERATION: A LEADING CAUSE OF VISION LOSS IN PEOPLE OVER 50

Treated regularly by the ophthalmologists with Eye Associates of South Texas, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal. For instance, imagine you are looking at a clock with hands. With AMD, you might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands. AMD is very common, and a leading cause of vision loss in people 50 years or older.

To learn more about the types of AMD and if you’re at risk for AMD, click here to read more: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/amd-macular-degeneration.

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