Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a retinal disorder that attacks the macula of the eye, which is where the sharpest central vision occurs. It is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the U.S. AMD affects about 10 million Americans — which is twice the occurrence of Alzheimer’s and equal to the number of all cancers.
AMD grows more common with age, therefore as the overall population ages, the prevalence of this devastating disease is expected to double to 20 million cases during the next 10 years. Despite its commonness, there are still gaps in scientists’ knowledge about the disease, and treatments target only complications of AMD, not its underlying pathology.
The UAB Department of Ophthalmology is pioneering research to fill in those knowledge gaps and help develop more effective treatments.