Macular degeneration happens to be the top cause of a loss of vision and it affects over 10 million people in America, which is more than glaucoma and cataracts put together. At the time of this writing, macular degeneration is classified as an eye disease that does not have a cure. There are two types of this disease – wet and dry. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer from macular degeneration have the atrophic or dry type and the remaining people affected have the exudative or wet type.

Macular degeneration happens to be the top cause of a loss of vision and it affects over 10 million people in America, which is more than glaucoma and cataracts put together…

At the time of this writing, macular degeneration is classified as an eye disease that does not have a cure. There are two types of this disease – wet and dry. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer from macular degeneration have the atrophic or dry type and the remaining people affected have the exudative or wet type.

Macular degeneration is a disease that is caused by there being a deterioration of the center part of the retina. The retina is the back layer inside the eye that is responsible for recording the images that we see and then sending them through the optic nerve from your eye to your brain. The central part of the retina is called the macula and this part is responsible for the focusing of the central vision in your eye. It controls your ability to drive a car, read, recognize colors and faces and for seeing objects in detail.

There are three stages of the disease. With early macular degeneration (AMD), there are typically no symptoms, but the disease can be detected by there being medium sized yellow deposits called drusen present below the retina. Intermediate AMD can include a bit of vision loss or no symptoms at all. This stage will be recognizable by larger deposits of drusen, as well as possible changes in the pigment of the retina. With late AMD, there will be quite a noticeable loss of vision. Wondering if you should talk to your doctor about macular degeration? Take the quiz below to find out!