Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Canada. By the age of 65, one in nine Canadians will have developed AMD, and at the age of 75 this ratio jumps to one in four! The macula in the middle of our retina is responsible for our central vision. As we age, it degenerates from lack of nourishment and we begin to lose our central vision.
AMD is most prevalent in women, smokers, and light-eyed people. Poor nutrition, race and genetics may also play a role. Wet and dry macular degeneration are both treatable. Wet macular degeneration is treated with laser procedures and various drugs while dry is treated with acceptance and care. With regular visits to an eye care professional, either for treatments or visual aids, one can continue a mostly independent life.
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