Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
90% of AMD is the “dry” form, involving no swelling or bleeding – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) showed that anti-oxidant supplements can slow the progression of AMD: be sure to ask your optometrist if you are a candidate for this treatment.
The other 10% of AMD is “wet”, involving new blood vessel growth and bleeding. Contemporary treatment involves the use of medications to stop blood vessel growth, and offers the potential to actually regain vision that has already been lost.
As always, the best results are obtained with early diagnosis, making regular comprehensive exams critical for anyone at risk.