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Age-related macular degeneration generally affects older adults, and results in vision loss in the central visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. The back of the eye consists of three layers : the retina (contains the nerves), the choroid (contains the blood supply), and the sclera (the white part of the eye) .

The macula is the center part of the retina, which provides the most detailed vision. Dry age-related macular degeneration involves the build up of drusen ( cell debris ) between the retina and the choroid. The retina can become detached. The wet form of macular degeneration is more severe. It involves the blood vessels growing up from the choroid behind the retina, and often leads to retinal detachment. Regular dilated exams with an ophthalmologist, protection from ultra-violet rays, and a diet high in anti-oxidants can help prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

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