Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye.

The disease affects only central vision, or what is directly in front of the person or what is the central focus of what they're looking at. However they can still see with their peripheral vision, or the edges of their field of vision.  For example, if you have AMD and you're driving on a three-lane road, you may not be able to clearly see the car directly in front of you but you would be able to see cars in the left and right lanes beside you as long as you kept your focus on the car in front of you.  Peripheral vision however is not as sharp as central vision.

Watch this video to learn how a simple test at Eyecare Plus can help determine if you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

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