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SENSE FOR SENIORSAMD

December 26, 1999

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A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration. She said her symptoms were blurred vision. Could you help me find more information on this condition? Sometimes my vision seems a little blurry, too. She says she's at risk for going blind.

The information I have comes from the Kansas State Cooperative Extension at Kansas State University. Contact your local Extension agent. I'm sure one of your local ophthalmologist also could provide you with information.

The macula is in the back of your eye in the center of the retina. It is responsible for clear, sharp central or forward vision. You need it to see fine details for everyday tasks. AMD occurs when the macula is damaged or deteriorates in one or both eyes. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people older than 65. An additional 1.7 million people suffer partial vision loss because of this disease. Vision lost to AMD is permanent.

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