• Vol. 35 No. 3, 133–136
  • 15 March 2006

Age-related Macular Degeneration: An Emerging Challenge for Eye Care and Public Health Professionals in the Asia Pacific Region



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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a severe ocular disease characterised by progressive deterioration of the macula, the most sensitive central back portion of the retina. Choroidal neovascularisation (wet AMD) leading to haemorrhage and scar formation beneath the central retina accounts for most cases of legal blindness from AMD (80% to 90%), and atrophic macular changes (dry AMD) for the remainder.

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