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Dear Valued Patient,

At Hartsdale Family Eyecare, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top concern.

At this time, we are preparing to reopen our office on June 1st, and we have implemented new protocols that can be viewed here.

If you have any eye health or contact lens concerns please call the office at 914-725-1600 or you can reach Dr Schwartz at 914-582-7005. We are also offering telemedicine appointments. Contact Dr Schwartz to set up an appointment

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you.

Overview

Macular degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images. The macula is responsible for central vision – the part of our sight we use to read, drive and recognize faces. So although a person's peripheral vision is left unaffected by AMD, the most important aspect of vision is lost.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans of ages 65 and older. And because older people represent an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss associated with macular degeneration is a growing problem.

It's estimated that more than 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have significant vision loss from AMD, and that number is expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.