Adult macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that results in a loss in central vision that gets worse over time. The macula is the part of the retina that controls central vision. The retina is the tissue that lines the back of the eye. AMD happens when the macula wears down.
There are 2 types:
Dry form—parts of the macula get thinner and protein deposits called drusen affect vision
Wet form—new blood vessels grow under the macula and begin to leak blood and other fluids into the retina
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 4/30/2021
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