Macular Degeneration, or Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is damage to the portion of the retina responsible for central vision. There are two forms of the disease, wet and dry.
Wet Macular Degeneration is characterized by an abnormal growth of blood vessels beneath the retina that leak blood and fluid, causing severe and sudden vision loss. Treatments available consist of medications injected directly into the eye and cold laser therapy.
Dry Macular Degeneration is caused by a gradual breakdown of the retina and underlying tissues, causing gradual vision loss. There are no treatments for Dry Macular Degeneration at this time. However, studies have shown that a combination of orally delivered high-dose antioxidants can decrease the risk of severe vision loss by 4-5% per year. Smoking has been shown to increase both risk and severity of macular degeneration.
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