Living with Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) can be challenging. Macular Degeneration is a medical condition that affects older adults and causes a loss of central vision due to damage to the retina.
What is Macular Degenration?
Macular Degeneration is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in adults over 50 years old. While it may make reading or recognizing faces difficult, there is usually enough peripheral vision to carry out other daily activities.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration starts with yellow deposits (drusen) in the macula, between the retinal pigment epithelium and the underlying choroid. Most people with these early changes have good vision.
Development of Advanced ARMD
Some individuals with drusen can go on to develop advanced ARMD. The risk of progression is higher when the drusen are large and numerous, and when there is a disturbance in the pigmented cell layer under the macula.