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Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD for short, is a common eye condition that typically starts to occur in people over 50, although it can develop at any age. Macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the part of the eye called the macula, which is a patch of light-sensitive cells in the retina at the back of the eye, start to deteriorate. Although macular degeneration won’t lead to total blindness, it can make certain activities more difficult than they should be - for example, watching television, driving, and recognizing faces. This is because the macula is responsible for central vision and the ability to see fine details.
Most people experience red eyes at one point or another. The conjunctiva, or the eye’s white part, can become enlarged and irritated, causing the eyes to turn red. The red-eye condition can happen due to different reasons. In some cases, red eyes may be a sign of a health or medical condition when accompanied by other symptoms. Some eye problems include conjunctivitis or pink eye, corneal ulcer, uveitis, or acute glaucoma.
Millions of Americans suffer from dry eyes. Some cases will go away without any medical intervention, but countless people suffer from chronic dry eyes that occur irrespective of the environment that they are in or the type of lifestyle that they lead. Chronic dry eyes occur due to a problem with the natural production of the tear film, which usually keeps our eyes moist and comfortable. People with dry eyes either don’t produce enough tear film to keep the surface of the eye hydrated and comfortable, or the tear film that they have isn’t the right quality. This happens if the glands are responsible for the oil in tear film malfunction, meaning that tear film evaporates too quickly. Whatever the reason for your dry eyes, the effects can be unexpectedly debilitating.