Age-related Macular DegenerationAge-related Macular Degeneration is an age-related change of the retina that can cause blurriness, distortion, or a gray spot in the central vision, usually starting after age 50. There are two forms with very different features. Dry AMD evolves slowly over many years with gradual degenerative changes of the central retina, while wet AMD may progress quickly over days or weeks. Features of the wet form include bleeding or fluid collection, which arise from an abnormal growth of blood vessels underneath the retina. A proven combination of vitamins can reduce the risk of progression in selected patients with dry AMD. Wet AMD can be treated with injections of medication that can stabilize vision in most patients and improve vision in some patients.
Visit the National Eye Institute's website for more information about age-related macular degeneration and its treatments.