Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness affecting more Americans than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

Few people are aware that macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease and that it is the leading cause of blindness for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans.
Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina`s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

The former Director of the National Eye
Institute, National Institutes of Health,
has stated that macular degeneration will
soon take on aspects of an epidemic.

 width=According to a recent poll, Americans dread blindness more than any other disability. Recent studies indicate that by the year 2025, the population of people over the age of 65 in the United States will be six times higher than in 1990. The reason - "baby boomers" are aging and overall life expectancy is increasing. Since many people diagnosed with macular degeneration are over age 55, the number of cases of macular degeneration in the U.S. will increase significantly as baby boomers age. In January 1997, Dr. Carl Kupfer, then the Director of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, stated publicly that macular degeneration will soon take on aspects of an epidemic.

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The AMDF Web site will help our readers to better understand macular degeneration. To understand macular degeneration, you should have a basic knowledge of the anatomy of a normal human eye.

Optical Diagnostics has created a software program which simulates macular degeneration, both "wet" and "dry" types, from early to late stages.

1. Vision Problems in the U.S.--Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Diseases in America A joint project of the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America

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