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Mares JA, Voland RP, Sondel SA, et al. Healthy Lifestyles Related to Subsequent Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(4):470–480. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.314
The macula of the human eye progressively degenerates with age, more quickly in some people than in others. This can lead to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which involves the loss of photoreceptors in the macula of the eye. Treatment for advanced AMD is of limited effectiveness, is costly,1 and will become even more costly as the number of older Americans increases in the coming decades.2 Moreover, it profoundly limits the ability of older adults to function independently. The loss of central vision associated with advanced AMD diminishes the ability to see and recognize other people's faces and to read fine print such as that in newspapers and on pill bottles and food packages.
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