Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment and irreversible vision loss in the United States. In this section, you can find out more about macular degeneration and how you can manage care for yourself or a loved one.

Learn more about macular degeneration research funded by BrightFocus Foundation as well as resulting breakthroughs by visiting the Macular Degeneration Research program page.

  • Healthy Living

    For people with macular degeneration or at risk of developing it, a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a nutritious diet is especially important. Learn how healthy living can impact eye health.
  • Understanding Your Disease

    Learn about the two types of macular degeneration (dry versus wet), the signs and symptoms of the disease, prevention and risk factors, screening and diagnosis, and treatments.
  • Managing Your Disease

    Read about steps to handle your disease, including finding a provider and questions to bring to your office visit. Make plans for the future, by understanding insurance and government benefit options and other possibilities for long-term financial planning.
  • Living with Your Disease

    Learn about coping with vision loss, and preparing to live as independently as possible through visual rehabilitation, tips for safety in your environment, support groups, and our list of Helpful Resources for Macular Degeneration.
  • Caring for Someone Else

    Caregivers have a tough job and need to care for themselves as well. Tap into low vision organizations that provide group support, and resources and assistance for persons caring for a loved one with macular degeneration.

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