What is Macular Degeneration?

What is it? Macular - is it a disease on the eye or what what are the side effects?


The definition of macular degeneration is the dying of the cells in the macula - the center of the retina. The macula is responsible for our straight ahead vision - allowing us to read, drive, and recognize faces. It also is responsible for our sharp, detailed vision.

For different reasons when the cells in the macula start to die or degenerate a person will experience symptoms such as:

1) Blurred vision

2) Loss of color perception

3) Loss of detailed or sharp vision

3) Difficulty seeing at night

For a more detailed description of this eye condition click here:

Definition of Macular Degeneration

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Leslie Degner

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Macular Degeneration Types and Contrast

by Ann
(Rhode Island)

Hi Leslie

I love your newsletter. The sweet man I am in a relationship with has macular degeneration.

He says it is not wet or dry but it is due to the shape of his eye. Have you ever heard of this?

Also, I have a question on stair safety. I have read your articles about contrast.

So...I have gray front steps...should I put contrasting strips on the stairs and if so, how far from the edge should they be placed?

So grateful for your support!


Yes, there is a retinal condition called myopic degeneration. Myopia or near-sightedness happens because the eye is longer than average.

Age-related macular degeneration usually occurs in the senior population while myopic macular degeneration occurs in younger adults, sometimes as young as 30 years old.

The loss of central vision is very much like age-related macular degeneration which occurs when there is degeneration of the photoreceptor cells in the macula.

Myopic degeneration is caused by separation of the retina because of the myopia or abnormal elongation of the eyeball.

Adding contrasting colored strips on the front steps can be very helpful. Place them somewhat towards the front edge so that your friend can see where the edge of the steps are.

For more tips on living with macular degeneration click here:

Living with Macular Degeneration

Thanks for your questions.

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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What Does AMD Stand For?

What dose AMD letters stand for?


AMD stands for Age-related Macular Degeneration.

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Wet or Dry AMD - Which is Worse?




Hi Lucille,

Thanks for the question. I am glad to hear that you are doing well. Wet AMD normally causes more severe and sudden vision loss.

The progression of dry macular degeneration is slow and and may take years for it to worsen.

To learn more about macular degeneration prognosis for dry and wet macular degeneration click here:

Macular Degeneration Prognosis

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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