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Eye Diseases

The following is a list of common eye diseases. For information about eye problems such as astigmatism, blepharitis, keratoconus and many more please see Eye Conditions.

  • Macular degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images.
  • Dry macular degeneration symptoms include: consistent, slightly blurred vision within your central visual field. You may have difficulty in recognizing faces. And have a sudden need for more light while reading or working. The dry form of this disease gets progressively worse, over time. Wet macular degeneration symptoms include: a distortion of straight lines and an inability to focus properly on a single point within a grid. Wet macular degeneration is an advanced stage of the disease, and often results in blind spots and loss of centralized vision.
  • Macular degeneration symptoms vary based on the particular form of the disease (dry or wet), and the stage the disease at the time it is discovered.
  • There is as yet no outright cure for macular degeneration, but some treatments may delay its progression or even improve vision.
  • The progression of age-related macular degeneration is a major concern for patients. Scientists have been investing a great deal of effort into developing treatments, including better performing anti-VEGF drugs as well as gene therapies, stem-cell injections, and implants.
  • For many people, independence and personal freedom largely depend on being able to drive. When central vision deteriorates due to Macular Degeneration, so does the ability to drive. Here's how a low vision optometrist can help you maximize your remaining vision in order to continue driving.
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