Age-related macular degeneration, is often called AMD or ARMD, and is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans who are age 65 and over. This group is getting larger each year as a percentage of the general population, thus it is a growing problem. About 1.75 million Americans currently have advanced ARMD with vision loss. By the year 2020, this number could reach 3 million.

ARMD is a degeneration of the macula, the central part of the retina that creates the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive a car. This condition will cause loss of central vision.


Age-related macular degeneration is usually a slow, gradual change producing painless vision loss. Early signs of vision loss include, but are not limited to, unusual blurring or fuzziness in the central vision, as well as shadowy areas in your vision. Sudden vision loss is rare but possible. 

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