What are the symptons of age related macular degeneration?

Q: I was diagnosed and treated for AMD in one eye. My systolic BP still lingers at 140+ though I am taking 5/20 mg Lotrel every day. I am 77 years old, practice Yoga breathing, take daily walks, etc. Is this level of BP causal in AMD? Might I have continued problems with it due to my BP?

A: High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, light eye color, and heredity are all felt to be risk factors for developing age related macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of visual loss in people over age 65.

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