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A Virtual Look at Wet AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is common, but can make everyday activities near-impossible. In this Virtual Journey video, watch Jen Caudle, DO explain how the eye works and how AMD impacts the normal functioning of the eye.

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Our eyes are windows to the outside world. But for as many as 11 million Americans who suffer from age
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related macular degeneration, or AMD for short, everyday activities like reading, cooking,
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and driving may be near impossible. [DING] The eye works like a camera. Light reflected off something you
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see enters the eye through the pupil, passes the lens, and lands on the macula, the center of the retina responsible for central vision.
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Seeing objects in detail and recognizing faces. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans
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and usually starts as a dry type of the disease, where small yellow spots called drusen slowly build up under the retina.
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Over time, drusen may grow and cluster together, causing the macula to ultimately break down and deteriorate.
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Early symptoms of AMD, like distorted shapes, faded colors, and blurry vision, may go unnoticed until later stages of the disease, when
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blind spots appear in the center of vision or it becomes difficult to recognize faces. 10% to 15% of those with dry AMD develop the wet type
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of the disease, which appears suddenly and worsens rapidly. In wet AMD, new an abnormal blood vessel
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throw under the retina and leak run into the macula, causing irreversible and permanent damage to central vision.
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Along with wet AMD treatments, which can improve vision and stop or slow down the disease, you can help protect your eyes with routine eye exams,
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eating a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet, and taking eye supplements recommended by your doctor.
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If you're experiencing problems with your vision or have questions about AMD, talk with your doctor. Because it's never too early to start taking care of your eyes.

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