What IS AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans

Welcome to whatisamd.org. If you have macular degeneration, or know someone who does, this is the place for you. There is hope and help.

Whether you were just diagnosed or have had AMD a long time, you can find the information, resources and support you need right here. Family members and caregivers can learn what it’s like to have macular degeneration and how they can help.

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Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans, with 200,000 new cases each year. AMD causes severe vision loss because it attacks the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs. It gets in the way of reading, driving, identifying faces, watching television, safely navigating stairs and performing other daily tasks. AMD never causes complete blindness, but it robs the individual of all but the outermost, peripheral vision, leaving only dim images or holes at the center of vision.

Dry AMD - What is Amd


The “dry” form of advanced AMD, results from atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelial layer below the retina, which causes vision loss through loss of rods and cones in the central part of the eye. CLICK FOR MORE

Wet AMD - What is Amd


The “wet” form of advanced AMD, causes vision loss due to abnormal blood vessel growth, through Bruch's membrane, ultimately leading to blood and protein leakage below the macula. CLICK FOR MORE

Macular Degeneration Symptoms


In its early stages, AMD may not cause any noticeable symptoms, which is an excellent reason to have regular eye exams! The rate of progression of AMD, and the onset of symptoms will vary from.. CLICK FOR MORE

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