AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD)

Almost 15 million Americans are pre-symptomatic of AMD.

WHAT IS AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD)?

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) damages the center of the retina, which is called the macula.
  • People with AMD have trouble reading fine print and seeing details, and may develop a blind spot in the center of their field of vision.
  • There is no cure for Macular Degeneration, but treatment can slow progression of the disease.
  • The AREDS study demonstrated that the daily intake of a combination of antioxidants and zinc reduced the risk of severe visual loss due to AMD by approximately 25%.
  • AMD is part of a growing vision loss epidemic in the United States.
  • Macular Degeneration affects 6 million Americans; another 13-15 million have pre-symptomatic signs. (AMD Alliance International, 2003)
  • As the US population ages, more older people will become legally blind from Macular Degeneration than from Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy combined. (National Advisory Eye Council, 1998)
  • AMD is the leading cause of vision impairment among Americans 65+. (Prevent Blindness America, 2005)