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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Preventing Pink Eye
Practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis. Be sure to wash your hands frequently.
Replace the Case
Contact lens cases should be replaced at least every three months to prevent eye infection.
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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)