Macular degeneration

Illustration of macular degeneration

The nerve cells in the macula change light into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. These cells allow the eye to see form, color, and detail. Age-related macular degeneration damages the nerve cells in the macula, resulting in vision loss.

Last Updated: August 4, 2009

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, FRCSC - Ophthalmology

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