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June 15, 2004

Vision Health

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most

common cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States,

with more than 1.6 million Americans over age 60 having the advanced

stage of this incurable disease. AMD affects the macula, the part

of the retina that is responsible for central vision and allows

you to see fine details. A person suffering from AMD typically loses

central vision, but maintains peripheral vision. For example, they

would know that there was a clock on the wall, but they would not

be able to tell the time. In this way, AMD has a significant impact

on vision, but usually doesn’t cause total blindness.

There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. Ninety percent of people

with AMD have the dry form, which is caused by the natural aging

and thinning of the tissues of the macula. The dry form develops

slowly, and results in a mild loss of vision.

Ten percent of people with AMD have the wet type; however, this

form is responsible for 90 percent of blindness due to the disease.

In the wet form, abnormal blood vessels develop beneath the retina.

These new blood vessels leak fluid and blood, which often creates

scar tissue and causes a large blind spot to form in the center

of your vision.

Additionally, studies have shown that women over age 75 are twice

as likely as men in the same age range to have early AMD. More than

likely, this is due to a lack of or diminished production of estrogen.

While there is no cure for AMD at this time, nutritional therapies

have been shown to be very promising.

Read More on Vision:

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration



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Keep It Simple Tip: Palming

Nutritional Therapies

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Age-related

Macular Degeneration

Antioxidants for AMD and Cataracts

Help for Dry Eyes

Protect Your Eyes from Strain

Complementary Therapies

Red Light Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Ozone Therapy for Macular Degeneration



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