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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

10 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Mar 19, 2008, 9 a.m. By Bill Freeman

A disease that progressively destroys the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people aged 50 and over in the Western World. As many as 30-million people throughout the world are thought to suffer from the condition. There are two types of AMD - the wet type and the milder and more common dry type.

A disease that progressively destroys the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people aged 50 and over in the Western World. As many as 30-million people throughout the world are thought to suffer from the condition. There are two types of AMD - the wet type and the milder and more common dry type. Although the wet form of AMD accounts for just 10-15% of all cases of AMD, it is responsible for 90% of severe vision loss associated with the disease. Some research suggests that taking supplements of zinc and the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene may help to slow the progression of wet AMD.

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