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Macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD (age-related macular degeneration), is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. It is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to stop functioning properly. Regular comprehensive eye examinations are recommended to detect macular degeneration in its early stages, before vision loss occurs.

Learn about macular degeneration risk factors and lifestyle choices that may affect your risk.

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