Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD or AMD) is a common eye condition resulting from deterioration of the macula, part of the retina. According to the National Eye Institute, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. About ten percent of dry macular degeneration cases advance to wet, after which symptoms tend to progress quickly.
Depending on various factors, macular degeneration can progress slowly or quickly. One of the first signs is blurriness, usually near the center of vision. The blurred area may start out very small and grow larger over time, with blank spots developing in the central visual field.
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