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Age related macular degeneration, also known as ARMD or AMD is a medical condition that usually affects older adults and results in loss of vision in the center of the macula because of damage to the retina. The macula is the center area of the retina, which provides the most complete central vision. Loss of vision in this area can make it difficult for patients to recognize faces or read.  Patients are forced to rely on their peripheral vision to allow for activities of daily life.    ARMD begins with drusen which are tiny white or yellow accumulations of material that buildup in the macula. The presence of a few small accumulations are normal with advanced aging, however the presence of larger drusen in the macula is a common early sign of macular degeneration. Most people with early AMD have good vision, but are at risk of developing more advanced AMD. Your eye doctor may recommend vitamins to help lower the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration.   Advanced macular degeneration is categorized into two forms- Dry AMD and WET AMD.  Dry AMD is a chronic eye disease that is marked by deterioration of the macular, and is the more common of the two.  Wet AMD is characterized by blood vessels that grow under the retina in the back of the eye, leaking blood and fluid.  While there currently is not a cure for macular degeneration, there has been great progress in therapies available to slow the disease or even restore some vision.  

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