What is Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) blots out what you see directly ahead, making daily activities like reading, driving or recognizing faces difficult or impossible. With ADM, the layers of your retina — the light-sensitive area behind the eye — become detached due to blood-vessel growth or cellular buildup. In addition to aging, a few risk factors are family history, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.