U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Macular Degeneration

Adult Macular Degeneration

Read about the genetic and environmental factors that combine to cause macular degeneration and what you can do if diagnosed with the disease.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Devices to Help Low Vision

Find information about low vision aids, including magnifiers, reading machines with voice output, and absorptive lenses.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Dry Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that occurs when tissue in the macula, the part of your retina that's responsible for central vision, deteriorates.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Eye Health: Prevention

Many people believe that vision loss is a normal part of aging. But it doesn't have to be so. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of vision loss.

Review Date: March 18, 2011

Lighthouse International

Eye Test for Macular Degeneration

The Amsler Grid is a test for macular degeneration that you can use to monitor your vision between visits to an eye care professional. However, you should NOT depend on the test for any diagnoses - check with your eye care professional.

Review Date: March 29, 2012

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

This pamphlet provides patients and their families with general information about age-related macular degeneration. It describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Review Date: August 28, 2015

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Macular Degeneration: What Can I Do About Dry AMD?

You have control over some of the known risk factors for macular degeneration. If you have a family history of AMD, or are in the "macular generation" (age 60 or above), you should be particularly attentive to the health tips on this page.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Organizations for Low Vision

Research has shown that people with macular degeneration who participate in support groups or self-help programs do much better than those who “go it alone”. Contact these organizations for support.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Protect Your Vision All Year Round

Learn how nutrition, exercise, and wearing sunglasses can enhance your eye health and reduce your risk of developing some eye conditions.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

BrightFocus Foundation

Some Questions to Ask Your Doctor- (PDF)

Here is a list of questions that will solicit critical information you need from your doctor. Print it out and bring it to your next appointment, especially if you have just been diagnosed with AMD.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Vision Test

This document offers several tests to alert you to potential eye problems, such as blurred vision and early macular degeneration plus a survey to help determine your risk for glaucoma. These tests are not a substitute for a complete eye exam by a medical eye doctor.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

Sight and Hearing Association

What Is AMD?

Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans. There are two types of age-related macular degeneration - "wet" or neovascular and "dry" or atrophic. While there is no cure, new treatments are available for the wet form of the disease.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Macular Degeneration Partnership

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