Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the
sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading,
sewing, and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you
to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain.
In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in
their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of
vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years
of age and older.