Dr. Derek Kunimoto visits the AZTV studios to discuss CentraSight’s Implantable Telescope for people with end-stage macular degeneration (wet and dry). For more information, call 602-222-2221 or visit www.CentraSight.com. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of severe vision loss in patients over 65. This condition involves a breakdown of the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for detailed visual tasks such as reading and driving. When the macula does not function correctly, your central vision can be affected by blurriness, dark areas or distortion. The degree of damage to the macula can vary from patient to patient and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. In the vast majority of cases, AMD does not automatically progress to blindness. Although AMD reduces vision in the central part of the retina, it usually does not affect the eye’s peripheral, or side, vision. Even patients with advanced macular disease tend to retain excellent peripheral vision.