Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of legal blindness within the elderly population over 60. Many forms of macular degeneration are genetic, meaning it tends to run in families.
There are two main types of age-related macular degeneration; the atrophic type (“dry”) and the disciform type (“wet”). Laser treatment and new microsurgical techniques may be of use in some cases of the “wet” form of this disease.
Early detection of any changes in ones vision, such as blurring, difficulty in reading, and distortion of straight lines, is important to the success of any treatment when possible. Because the progress of macular degeneration is slow and irreversible, regular eye checkups after the age of 50 is very important. Much effort and progress is being made to understand and formulate methods of treatment for this most inhibiting eye disease.