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Does macular degeneration affect glaucoma?

Although macular degeneration does not affect the disease process of glaucoma, it can contribute to decreased vision along with glaucoma.

The vision loss that may occur in glaucoma usually affects side vision, whereas macular degeneration tends to affect central vision. If both conditions arise, though not actively affecting each other, the visual impairment that may result will affect a larger area of vision than just glaucoma alone.

Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD, usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It occurs in “dry” and “wet” forms, and is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in adults over 50 years of age.

Last reviewed on August 22, 2016

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