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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Macular Degeneration is a degenerative disease of the central vision caused by a backup of metabolites and waste into the macula or the area that controls the central vision. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. It controls your ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces, color vision and see objects in fine detail. Every February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes Age- related Macular Degeneration, or AMD,  for the purpose of raising awareness and encouraging early detection.

Risk Factors

Your risk for AMD increases as you age as the disease is most likely occur in those 55 years and older. Other factors include genetics, smoking, systemic health and sunlight exposure.

Symptoms & Stages

If you’re in the early stages of AMD, you may not experience any symptoms. You may notice a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision or that straight lines appear distorted to you. Other symptoms include changes in color and dark areas appearing in the center of your vision.

Early AMD – Most people do not experience vision loss in the early stages of AMD, which is why the American Academy of Ophthalmology stresses the importance of regular eye exams.

Intermediate AMD – During this stage, you may experience some vision loss but symptoms may still not be noticeable.

Late AMD – Vision loss has become noticeable at this stage.

The Importance of Early Detection

Regardless of your age or health, a routine eye exam is a necessity. A comprehensive eye exam is able to locate issues that you may be completely unaware of. The early stages of AMD arrive with little to no symptoms, so it’s important for you to schedule an appointment with you eye doctor today. Early detection of AMD may save your eyesight.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is out #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community.  We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

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