AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): This eye disease, which we manage, occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is responsible for central, detailed, and color vision. It can occur in two forms, “dry” (atrophic) and “wet” (exudative). Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, which does not involve any bleeding or leakage. The less common wet form may respond to certain eye injections and laser procedures, if diagnosed and treated early. Some common symptoms are a gradual loss of the ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, and a dark or empty area appearing in the central vision. Central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. Low vision devices, however, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can be prescribed to maximize existing vision. Researchers have linked nutrients, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc, to reduced progression of macular degeneration.