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Macular degeneration is the number-one cause of blindness in the United States. It occurs when the macula -- a part of the retina in the back of the eye that ensures that our vision is clear and sharp -- degrades or “degenerates,” causing a progressive loss of vision.

Does macular degeneration have any symptoms?



They include:

  • a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly

  • a gradual loss of color vision

  • distorted vision

  • dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision.

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Can macular degeneration be treated?

The “dry” form of macular degeneration has no treatment, but the “wet” form may be helped by laser procedures if it is detected early. Certain vitamins and minerals may also aid in slowing or preventing vision loss.

More information about Macular Degeneration. 
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