Macular degeneration (ARMD)

What is it?

A degenerative disease of the central part of the retina (macula) affecting central vision. The main cause of legal blindness in patients over the age of 65 in the western world.

Symptoms

  • Loss of vision
  • Alteration of form of images

Risk factors

  • Age
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • White race
  • Diet high in fat
  • Low consumption of anti-oxidants and zinc

Treatment

  • Vitamin supplements (anti-oxidants)
  • Intravitreal antiangiogenic drugs (halt the growth of neovessels)

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