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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a disease of the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). It causes vision — particularly central vision — to blur.

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Summary of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, and the macula is the area of the retina with the highest concentration of photoreceptor cells.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when plaque deposits known as drusen start accumulating in the retina, though whether they cause AMD or are just a marker of the disease is unknown. As AMD progresses, drusen expand and the macula becomes damaged, which can result in blurred vision (particularly in the center field of view), loss of color perception, difficulty seeing in low light, and in the end, blindness.