Recognizing age-related macular degeneration in primary care

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Abstract

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disabling condition that results in central vision loss and significantly affects the quality of life for the growing population of older adults. Primary care providers play a vital role in early recognition of disease. This article reviews the risk factors, symptoms, physical examination findings, and management of AMD. Although there is no cure at this time, early referral and treatment may prevent some patients from progressing to complete vision loss.

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