Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and vision loss in the developed world, accounting for more than 50% of all vision loss in the United States. If you or a loved one have received this diagnosis, you probably have questions.
AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to die. There are two types of Macular Degeneration, dry AMD (Atrophic) and the more serious type, wet AMD (Neovascular).
Accounts for 80-90% of all cases of AMD. In dry AMD small white or yellow deposits form on the retina underneath the macula. These deposits are called Most AMD begins as the dry type and in some cases progresses to the wet type. There are three stages of dry AMD: