Age-related Macular Degeneration-an Emerging And Re-emerging Eye Blinding Disease

Esenwah, E.C.


Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is an ocular condition that affects older adults (50years and above age group), resulting in loss of central vision. Itis emerging as the leading cause of legal blindness in the world, overtaking glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy combined. A recent study carried out in an Eye Clinic in Owerri over a period of 12 months, using a sample population of 2415, gave an insight into the prevalence of ARMD. The result of the study is presenting ARMD as an emerging public health concern hence this review.

Keywords: Age-related macular degeneration, retinal pigment epithelium,

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