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Macular degeneration is the degeneration of the macula retinae, also called the macula lutea, an oval disc
on the retina in the back of the eye.
Degeneration of the macula retinae is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Americans.1
Macular degeneration is typically painless and includes symptoms of dark or blurry areas in the center of vision, seeing distortions of straight lines, and difficulty doing activities that require sharp vision (e.g., driving and reading). Peripheral (side) vision may remain clear.
Smoking has been linked to macular degeneration. Quitting smoking may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
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