A Virtual Look at Wet AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is common, but can make everyday activities near-impossible. In this Virtual Journey video, watch Jen Caudle, DO explain how the eye works and how AMD impacts the normal functioning of the eye.

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Our eyes are windows to the outside world. But for as many as 11 million Americans who suffer from age
related macular degeneration, or AMD for short, everyday activities like reading, cooking,
and driving may be near impossible. [DING] The eye works like a camera. Light reflected off something you
see enters the eye through the pupil, passes the lens, and lands on the macula, the center of the retina responsible for central vision.
Seeing objects in detail and recognizing faces. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans
and usually starts as a dry type of the disease, where small yellow spots called drusen slowly build up under the retina.
Over time, drusen may grow and cluster together, causing the macula to ultimately break down and deteriorate.
Early symptoms of AMD, like distorted shapes, faded colors, and blurry vision, may go unnoticed until later stages of the disease, when
blind spots appear in the center of vision or it becomes difficult to recognize faces. 10% to 15% of those with dry AMD develop the wet type
of the disease, which appears suddenly and worsens rapidly. In wet AMD, new an abnormal blood vessel
throw under the retina and leak run into the macula, causing irreversible and permanent damage to central vision.
Along with wet AMD treatments, which can improve vision and stop or slow down the disease, you can help protect your eyes with routine eye exams,
eating a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet, and taking eye supplements recommended by your doctor.
If you're experiencing problems with your vision or have questions about AMD, talk with your doctor. Because it's never too early to start taking care of your eyes.

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