Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the eye disease that robs people of central vision and for which there is no cure; however, there is hope for slowing its progression. AMD involves the breakdown of the crucial central portion of the retina. As a result, the disease makes it difficult for AMD sufferers to see fine detail and read printed material. “Dry” macular degeneration is the more common, less destructive form of the disease. It occurs when deposits called “drusen” collect behind the retina. Since dry macular degeneration can develop into the more serious “wet” form of the disease, it is important to see an ophthalmologist if your vision starts getting blurry or if you have trouble reading or recognizing faces.
P.S. Caucasians are more likely to develop drusen as well as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).