Be on the lookout for macular degeneration


February 7, 2020

Rachel Keller / Northern Minnesota Eyecare

The rabbit on the left is how a person with normal eyesight would see it, while the image on the right was manipulated to show how vision is affected by age-related macular degeneration with the loss of central vision.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 50. It is estimated that more than 2 million people have been diagnosed with macular degeneration nationwide. During the month of February, the American Optometric Association educates the public on facts about age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.

AMD occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye. The loss of central vision can occur in two forms: dry (atrophic) and wet (exudative). Most people with macul...

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