Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
This photo taken with the ViaOptaSim app intends to provide a first person look at living with Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
AMD is a degenerative eye disease that is a leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 50. The disease currently affects an estimated 25 to 30 million people worldwide. Wet AMD is associated with abnormal growth of new vessels in the macula, the part of the eye that is responsible for fine details and straight ahead vision necessary for identifying faces and conducting everyday activities like reading, driving, and telling time. This growth of vessels leads to leaking and excessive fluid accumulation in the eye. If left untreated, scar tissue may develop, which can permanently damage one’s vision.