Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a
of the retina called the macula is damaged.
With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see
details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side)
vision will still be normal. For instance, imagine you are looking at a clock with
With AMD, you might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands.
AMD is very common. It is a leading cause of vision loss
people 50 years or older.
You are more likely to develop AMD if you:
- eat a diet high in saturated fat (found in foods like meat, butter, and
- are overweight
- smoke cigarettes
- are over 50 years old
- have hypertension (high blood pressure)
- have a family history of AMD
Having heart disease is another risk factor for AMD, as
having high cholesterol levels. Caucasians (white people) also have an elevated risk of
ARMD if diagnosed early, its progression can be halted or
delayed with the help of healthy diet, Lasers, Intravitreal injections and other such
The key to longevity is early diagnosis.