What is Age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration, also called AMD, is a leading cause of vision loss in older people. Because AMD is a progressive disease, it may worsen with time. In the late stage, most people have some vision loss. The person may notice a blurred spot developing in the centre of their vision, which can grow and darken over time. AMD rarely causes complete blindness; however, wet AMD can lead to legal blindness without proper treatment. There are things you can do to prevent or delay vision loss. Eye care professionals can detect AMD and monitor its progress with a dilated eye exam. The earlier AMD and other eye diseases are detected, the more treatment options are available.