If you’re over 60 and don’t suffer from macular degeneration, there’s a good chance you know someone who does. With the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the central part of the retina begins to gradually deteriorate. This common condition ranges from mild to severe, and can result in blindness over time. Another form, wet macular degeneration, is more drastic; it tends to come on suddenly and can also cause blindness. See Macula.org for a description of both types, and an explanation of theapeutic approaches.
One of the most concerning aspects of age-related macular degeneration is that there is no cure. The good news now is that for the first time, there’s a new corneal laser treatment that shows tremendous promise for improving vision in this population.