Macular degeneration is also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is a condition that causes the center of your vision to blur while the side or peripheral vision remains unaffected. Your central vision is the most detailed vision and is what we use for reading, driving, watching TV, and recognizing people’s faces. This sharp clear vision becomes distorted due to changes in the macula.
There are two types of macular degeneration; wet and dry. Dry is the most common and less vision threatening type. Wet AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula. While wet AMD is less common, it is also the most vision threatening. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55.
Early stages of the disease have minimal symptoms which commonly go unnoticed. It is important to have your eye examined annually. If you have questions about macular degeneration or need to book your eye examination call our office at (480) 806-2181 or Book Online.