Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD; ARMD): At a Glance
Age-related macular degeneration causes progressive damage to the macula, the central and most vital area of the retina, resulting in gradual loss of central vision.
There are two forms:
For a full discussion, see Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
For more information about tests, see Tests for Eye Disorders.
No treatment can undo the damage caused by dry AMD.
However, taking dietary supplements, such as lutein plus zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, may help some people.
Drugs and laser procedures can help people who have wet AMD.
Low-vision aids (such as magnifiers and high-power reading glasses) can help people who have either type.
See also Protect Your Eyes.