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Overview

Macular degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images. The macula is responsible for central vision – the part of our sight we use to read, drive and recognize faces. So although a person's peripheral vision is left unaffected by AMD, the most important aspect of vision is lost.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans of ages 65 and older. And because older people represent an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss associated with macular degeneration is a growing problem.

It's estimated that more than 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have significant vision loss from AMD, and that number is expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.

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Due to an unexpected medical leave, we are currently open for optical services only, such as eyeglass pick-up, contact lens orders and pick up, and eyeglass orders or adjustments. If you would like to make an appointment with our office, please click here on our appointment request form. If you have an urgent eye health concern, we suggest calling our trusted colleague at BayState Eye Center at 508-697-8001 or Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston at 800-635-0489. Dr. McAlear and his staff appreciate your patience during this time.