How common is age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) becomes more common as people age. About 0.2 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 64 years have AMD, while 13.1 percent of those older than 84 have the disease.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness for people over 60 years old in the United States. More than 15 million Americans are affected by some form of macular degeneration, a progressive disease which can lead to severe vision loss in the most advanced form, end-stage age related macular degeneration. It does not cause complete blindness but destroys central vision, the straight-ahead, detailed vision needed for everyday activities such as self-care, recognizing faces, preparing food, driving and reading, to name a few.

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