Macular Degeneration is a medical condition that affects the central vision. Characteristic yellow deposits called drusen result from aging and disrupt the normal architecture of the retinal tissue in the macular area. Because the macular retina is responsible for our visual detail patients can have difficulty reading, driving and recognizing faces. Peripheral vision is usually not affected. Many patients have early macular degeneration and macular drusen is the second most common finding on eye examinations over the age of 65 years. Fortunately, macular drusen or “dry” macular degeneration usually takes many years to become symptomatic and symptoms are commonly minor. However, significant loss of vision does occur for many patients and progression to bleeding or “wet” macular degeneration is a serious risk. Regular medical eye examinations are recommended to minimize the threat of vision loss.
Below is a simulation of how the progression in Macular Degeneration can affect your vision over time if left untreated.