Progressive Vision Center

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is an eye disease affecting the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye), causing loss of central vision. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50.

Causes & Risk Factors


UV Light exposure


Poor nutrition

Lack of exercise


In its early stages, the following signs of macular degeneration can go unnoticed.

The gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly.

The shape of objects appears distorted.

Straight lines look wavy or crooked.

Loss of clear color vision.

A dark or empty area in the center of vision.


If experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, contact a doctor of optometry immediately for a comprehensive eye examination. Tests will determine if one has macular degeneration or any other eye health problems. A doctor of optometry can also provide a simple take-home screening test called an AmsLer Grid. Central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, low-vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can maximize existing vision.


There is no cure for dry AMD, and any loss in central vision cannot be restored. However, researchers and doctors believe there is a link between nutrition and the progression of dry AMD. Making dietary changes and taking nutritional supplements can slow vision loss.

If detected early, wet AMD can be treated with intraocular injections of anti-VEGF medications. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, omega 3 supplements or consumption of fatty fishes, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration.
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