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Genentech AMD Awareness Month 2/29/16

Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 11:28:37-05

We can all agree that vision is a hugely important part of our daily lives, affecting everything from driving and using computers to hobbies and more. While many people expect changes in their vision as they age, they may not realize these changes could lead to blindness if not caught early. In fact, nearly 11 million Americans live with one of two forms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a disease that impacts the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision and a leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older. Wet AMD is one of the two forms of the disease and it accounts for approximately 90 percent of all AMD-related blindness. The good news is that for some, wet AMD is treatable.