Macular Degeneration or Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a disease of the Retina in which the center or "bulls eye" of the Retina becomes damaged. Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of blindness among those aged 55 and older and affects over 10 million patients in the United States today. The Macula is responsible for our reading vision, driving vision, color vision, and our ability to see faces. As we age, the tissue under the Retina, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), may degenerate just as our hair turns gray or our bones weaken. This degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium is often the first step that can lead to either Dry Macular Degeneration or Wet Macular Degeneration. While Macular Degeneration is generally regarded as incurable, with early detection, diagnosis there are a number of treatments for Macular Degeneration that make it possible to preserve vision and prevent catastrophic vision loss.
To provide the best Maine Macular Degeneration and Retina care, Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine has highly experienced fellowship trained Vitreoretinal Surgeons and specialists Scott M. Steidl, M.D., Aaron Parnes, M.D., and Jackie K. Nguyen, M.D. who are available for Macular Degeneration examination, consultation and treatment.