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What is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

A progressive eye disease that causes blurred vision and eventually blindness. AMD is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss in people age 50 and older. With geographic atrophy (GA) due to AMD, loss of central vision is commonly observed due to deterioration of the back part of the eye, known as the retina. Risk for AMD increases in people over 60 years, family history of AMD, Caucasians and in smokers.