Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

  • Macular degeneration is the physical disturbance of the center of the retina called the macula. The macula, which is about the size of the capital letter "O" in this sentence, is the part of the retina which is capable of our most acute and detailed vision.

  • We use the macula for reading, driving, recognizing faces, watching television, and fine work.

  • Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over age 55. (Legal blindness means that a person can see 20/200 or less with eyeglasses.)

  • Even with a loss of central vision, however, peripheral vision may remain clear. Vision loss usually occurs gradually and typically affects both eyes at different rates.


Macular Degeneration Foundation
PO Box 531313
Henderson, NV 89053
Toll Free: 888-633-3937
Fax: 702-450-3396

American Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 515
Northampton, MA 01061-0515
Phone: 413-268-7660
Toll Free: 888-MACULAR (622-8527)


What causes Macular Degeneration?

How is Macular Degeneration detected?

Is early detection important?

If I have Macular Degeneration in one eye, will it develop in the other?

Is there a cure for Macular Degeneration?

Is Macular Degeneration hereditary?

Does sunlight affect Macular Degeneration?

Does smoking or second hand smoke contribute to Macular Degeneration?

What can I do to help prevent and cure Macular Degeneration?

Last Revised: January 9, 2018