Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the major cause of vision loss for Canadians aged 65 and older. It is a fairly common problem that is experienced by men and women from all backgrounds.
AMD comes in two forms: dry, and wet. The dry form is the early stage of AMD, and wet is the more advanced, late-stage AMD.
Dry AMD makes up about 90% of cases. Currently, there is no outright cure for any form of AMD..
This process creates scarring, which leads to significant vision loss.
Age-related macular degeneration has different symptoms depending on the version of the disease you have.
Symptoms of dry AMD:
Dry AMD’s symptoms tend to progress slowly, over a period of years.
Symptoms of wet AMD:
Unfortunately, there is no cure for AMD. At this time there is no way to reverse vision loss, though a combination of diet, nutritional, and lifestyle changes can delay its onset.
Risk factors for both forms of AMD include age, family history, smoking/smoke exposure, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. While you cannot control your age or family history, you can influence the development of AMD via nutritional supplementation and a change in your diet and exercise regimen.