Macular Degeneration, The Efffects Of

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The human Eye is an organ which gives us the sense of sight. It allows us to learn more about the surrounding world than any of the other four senses. We use our sense of sight in countless ways. Most people consider the sense of sight to be the most precious of the five senses. If you consider your vision as precious, suppose you lost all of your central or frontal vision from having a disease called macular degeneration. You would not be able to read, or write very well because everything you would be able to see would be wavy and distorted. You would not be able to take part in any activities which require you to see any detailed shapes or letters, and it would be hard to get around anywhere because everything would appear different to you than it actually was, Many people suffer these symptoms due to the eye disease called Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Symptoms in which gradual loss of central vision is experienced may have the dry type, and if the central vision is lost more suddenly, patients may have the wet type. Other signs are difficulty reading or performing tasks in which the patients need to see detail, and distorted vision(straight lines such as a doorway or window appear wavy or bent)The severity of the disease varies. In the worst cases it claims all central vision and it would make enjoying books, and television,and driving impossible . Fortunately, AMD does not affect all of the vision , the perifial vision is not damaged.

Sadly, AMD the most common cause of vision loss in the United States. As a matter of fact, In the most recent study in America, 21,000,000 people(one third of those over age 50) are at risk of developing...