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New Hope for Individuals with Macular Degeneration


There is new hope for individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impacts the lives of more than 1.75 million Americans. By 2020, medical professionals predict this number to climb to more than 3 million.

AMD is an irreversible destruction of the macula (the central area of the eye’s retina), which affects the loss of fine-detailed vision required for driving, reading, detecting colors, and recognizing people.

Science Daily recently reported that researchers in the U.S. and Sweden are designing a prosthetic retina that would electrically stimulate neurons in the retina, that are not affected by AMD, to create visual perception. The researchers stated that with the growing number of individuals diagnosed with AMD, they worked to find an innovative, but practical solution that would restore sight to people around the world.

Read more about this amazing research reported by Science Daily.

If you are interested in learning more, read the following articles:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Facts on Macular Degeneration


Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with AMD? At which stage was it diagnosed and what treatment options were pursued?