What is AMD?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that can cause loss of your central vision. Fine details become blur, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal. For example, looking at a clock with hands. With AMD, you might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands.. “Age-related” means that it often happens in older people. “Macular” means it affects a part of your eye called the macula.
AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people age 50 and older. AMD doesn’t cause complete blindness, but losing your central vision affects your daily activities and quality of life. It can make it harder to see faces, drive, or do close-up work like cooking or fixing things around the house.
AMD can be a very slowly progressing condition in some. So, if you have early AMD, you may not experience vision loss for a long time. For others, AMD progresses faster and can lead to central vision loss in one eye or both eyes