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Why and How Macular Degeneration Affects Vision Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects vision because the macula is part of the retina of the eye. The macula is located behind the lens on the back of the eyeball and helps images get to the optic nerve so they can be interpreted by the brain. The macula has the specific purpose of focusing fine details and enables people to read, drive, and see things like facial expressions. So when the macula starts to break down and become dysfunctional, the central field of...

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Macular Degeneration in Young People Juvenile macular degeneration is an inherited condition. The defective gene that causes it can be inherited from one or both parents. It occasionally shows in children, teenagers and young adults, although congenital forms of macular degeneration are relatively rare. Best Disease People with Best Disease may not have any symptoms at all. The progression of the disease is also unpredictable because each person who has it is a unique case. They usually have it in both eyes, but the progression could even be different in...

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