Anti-VEGF treatment for age-related macular degeneration
What is anti-VEGF treatment?
Anti-VEGF treatment is a way to slow vision loss in people who have a condition called “wet” age-related macular degeneration.
What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people 50 years or older in the United States. It involves damage to the part of the eye called the macula. The macula is a small but extremely important area located at the
center of the retina, the light-sensing tissue lining the back of the eye.
The macula is responsible for your ability to see fine details clearly. You rely on your macula whenever you read, drive, or perform any other activity that requires seeing precise details, such as threading a needle.
A person with AMD loses the ability to perceive fine details both up close and at a distance. This loss of detailed vision affects only your central vision. The side, or peripheral, vision usually remains normal. For example, when people with AMD look at a clock, they can see the clock’s outline but cannot tell what time it is.
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