Celebrities With Macular Degeneration or Stargardt’s Disease. Macular degeneration is an eye condition, usually affecting older adults, that leads to vision loss. It is prevalent around the world with as many as 11 million Americans estimated to have some form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Worldwide, an estimated 196 million people will have AMD five years from now or by the year 2020.
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A microchip developed by a German company, Retina Implant AG, has helped some blind patients “detect objects with their eyes”. The device is still being tested by its manufacturer. Check out the story below.