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what is the relationship between blindness and age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Can and does cause blindness. Dr. J.
Answered on Feb 15, 2012
Dr. Benjamin Chun
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Damage retina: Armd causes damage to the rods and cones of the retina. You need rods and cones to see. If its damaged you have blindness.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Age-related macular degeneration does not cause total blindness, but rather central vision loss/low-vision only. The peripheral vision is always spared in the natural history of ARMD, and you might find many solutions with a low-vision rehabilitation specialist. Something can be done; do not lose hope..
May 18, 2013
Dr. Randall Wong
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Age-related macular degeneration (armd) affects only central vision. While patients may lose ability to read, they never go completely blind. Patients with armd can become "legally blind." peripheral, or side vision, is preserved. Blindness, where patients can't detect movement or light (everything is dark), is complete loss of central and peripheral vision.
Answered on Feb 7, 2015
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