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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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What is age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)?

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a degenerative disease that affects the macular of the eye. The macular is a part of the central area of the retina and allows the eye to be able to view objects close up, to enable us to read and write and it also allows us to be able to see all the different colours.

If the cells of the macular become damaged and stops working properly, then the macular degenerates and it can cause blindness. If caught early, the progression of the disease can be slowed down.

Since AMD starts in one eye before it affects the other eye, it can sometimes make it more difficult to detect as the "good" eye often compensates for the vision difficulties in the "bad" eye.

AMD is the form of macular degeneration which occurs as a result of ageing. Macular degeneration is a broad term which described any type of degeneration of the macular due to any reason.

There are two types of macular degeneration (MD), which are defined by how the macular appears to the ophthalmologist (eye specialist) viewing it the macular through their equipment:

Age-related macular degeneration is also shortened to AMD (or ARMD).


Some facts about ARMD


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  Last reviewed: 14 September 2007 || Last updated: 15 March 2009


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