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Macular Degeneration

FAQs

The dry form is much more common. More than 85 percent of all people with intermediate and advanced AMD combined have the dry form.

Yes. All people who have the wet form had the dry form first.

The greatest risk factor is age. Although AMD may occur during middle age, studies show that people over age 60 are clearly at greater risk than other age groups.

Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking may increase the risk of AMD.
  • Obesity .Research studies suggest a link between obesity and the progression of early and intermediate stage AMD to advanced AMD.
  • Race. Whites are much more likely to lose vision from AMD than African Americans.
  • Family history. Those with immediate family members who have AMD are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
  • Gender. Women appear to be at greater risk than men.

For dry AMD: the most common early sign is blurred vision. Some may experience a small–but growing–blind spot in the middle of their field of vision.

For wet AMD: the classic early symptom is that straight lines appear crooked. A small blind spot may also appear in wet AMD, resulting in loss of one’s central vision.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office for a comprehensive eye exam.

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