If you are over the age of 65 you are much more likely to develop a form of AMD, though people age 40 and older should have AMD on their radar. While you may never develop AMD, testing for it is easy and painless.
More Information About AMD
Age-related macular degeneration is relatively common. It is split into two major varieties, and while there is currently no known way to prevent or “cure” AMD, its progression can be delayed/minimized if detected and addressed early.
AMD is linked primarily with age (people age 60 and older are more likely to develop AMD than those who are not), though it can develop earlier. All races/ethnicities are at risk for AMD, though Caucasians are the most likely to develop it.
The development of AMD has been linked to several risk factors.
While age is the primary risk factor for AMD, other risk factors include:
AMD is broken down into two types:
There is no known way to prevent or cure AMD, through extensive clinical trials have suggested that AMD’s onset can be influenced and delayed via nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes.
Laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and Macugen treatment (intravitreal injection) can assist with controlling blood vessel growth in late-stage AMD. However, these treatments will not restore vision that has already been lost to the disease.
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