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What is age-related macular degeneration?

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Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that causes blurring of your central vision. The blurring happens because of damage to the macula, a small area at the back of the eye. The macula helps you see the fine detail in things that your eyes are focusing on.

Macular degeneration makes it harder to do things that require sharp central vision, like reading, driving, and recognizing faces. It does not affect side vision, so it does not lead to complete blindness.

There are two types of macular degeneration-wet and dry. The dry form is by far the most common type. The wet form is much less common, but it happens more quickly and is more severe.

  • The dry form accounts for about 9 out of 10 cases of macular degeneration.1 It develops slowly and causes central vision to become dimmer or more blurry over time. It usually does not cause severe vision loss unless it turns into the wet form.
  • The wet form accounts for only about 1 out of 10 cases of macular degeneration.1 It can cause serious vision loss within months or even weeks. People who have the wet form have the dry form first.

You may have either type in just one eye, but over time you may get it in the other eye too.

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