Our optometrists have extensive experience with this condition. If you live in or near Cape Girardeau, Perryville or Fredericktown, Missouri and suspect your eyesight is affected, make an appoint now to have your eyes examined. Early detection and management are essential to preserve your eyesight.
What is age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. The disease is most common in people over age 60, which is why it is often called age-related macular degeneration (ARMD, or AMD).
AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain.
In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.
Frequently Asked Questions about AMD/ARMD
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Where is the macula?
The macula is located in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina instantly converts light and images into electrical impulses. The retina then sends these impulses, or nerve signals, to the brain. Note the macula shown here in the central part of the retina at the very back of the eye. As noted above, the macula is responsible for ensuring we see sharply and clearly.