Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans aged 65 years and older, but many Baby Boomers do not even know what it is. Ignorance can be hazardous in light of the fact that the best way to prevent and treat the disorder is to have regular eye exams. Age-related macular degeneration affects the macula, the central part of the retina that enables the eye to see ﬁ ne detail. It also obscures central vision while leaving peripheral vision intact, which can make it difﬁ cult to identify faces. Early detection of AMD is critical because there is no cure for the disease, but treatment may help to halt its progression.
P.S. Research shows that nutrients such as beta carotene (vitamin A) and vitamins C and E may help prevent or slow progression of dry macular degeneration (the most common form of the disease).