How does age-related macular degeneration affect your vision?
Macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina. It usually does not affect the eye’s side, or peripheral, vision.
People with AMD may have difficulty with daily tasks that require fine vision such as reading, dialing a telephone, driving, and recognizing faces.
How do I use this simulator?
Drag the slider from left to right to see how this condition progresses. The further to the right, the more advanced the condition.
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Blood Sugar and Eye Exams
Control your blood sugar for several days before a routine eye exam to ensure you get a proper prescription for eyeglasses.
Download the K Card
Have your LASIK surgeon record your pre- and post-op eye information on a K Card. You will need this for future eye surgery.
Tell Your MDs All Your Rx
If you have glaucoma, tell your Eye MD all medications you take, and tell your other doctors about your glaucoma medication.
Know Your History
Those with a family history of eye disease are at a greater risk for developing eye diseases or conditions themselves.
Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma
Research shows that those with sleep apnea are more likely to develop glaucoma. Get treated to save your sight.
What Is an Ophthalmologist?
Are You Fit at 40?
A baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur.
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AMD in the News
- Research shows an association between some blood pressure medications and increased risk for AMD. (May, 2014)