Macular Degeneration

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It is possible that the main title of the report Macular Degeneration is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • Foveal Dystrophy, Progressive
  • Macula Lutea, degeneration
  • Macular Dystrophy
  • Tapetoretinal Degeneration

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease affecting the macula or center of the retina of the eye. It results in progressive loss of central vision. Occurring most often among older people, it is the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 55. It is believed that both genetic and environmental factors influence this disease.

Supporting Organizations

American Council of the Blind

2200 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (202)467-5081
Fax: (202)465-5085
Tel: (800)424-8666

American Foundation for the Blind

2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Tel: (212)502-7600
Fax: (888)545-8331
Tel: (800)232-5463

American Health Assistance Foundation

22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Fax: (301)948-4403
Tel: (800)437-2423

Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.

210 E. 64th St.
8th Floor
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212)605-3719
Fax: (212)605-3795

Eye Cancer Foundation

115 East 61st Street, Suite 5B
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212)832-7297
Fax: (212)888-4030

Foundation Fighting Blindness (Canada)

890 Yonge Street, 12th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3P4
Tel: 4163604200
Fax: 4163600060
Tel: 8004613331

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311

MD Support - The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community

3600 Blue Ridge Blvd
Grandview, MO 64030
Tel: (816)761-7080
Fax: (816)761-7080

Macular Disease Society

PO Box 1870
Andover, SP10 9AD
United Kingdom
Tel: 1264350551
Fax: 1264350558

NIH/National Eye Institute

31 Center Dr
MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065

Retina International

Ausstellungsstrasse 36
Z rich,
Tel: 410444441077
Fax: 410444441070

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Last Updated:  1/14/1970
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Macular Degeneration