What is Macular Degeneration?
The macula is a dark, yellow-orange area of the retina responsible for the eye's ability to focus clearly. When light enters through the pupil, it lands on the fovea, a small depression located right in the middle of the macula. This entire area is full of photoreceptor cells responsible for clear and focused vision.
In macular degeneration, the macula deteriorates gradually over time causing progressive vision loss. Damage to the macula results in poor vision that is often dark or blurry. Individuals often experience poor vision as they age, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50.