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    Cataracts and AMD fact sheet

    All your questions about cataracts and how they related to age-related macular degeneration in one simple fact sheet.

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    A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens inside the eye. Over time, a cataract can significantly impact vision. Cataracts are very common in older people.

    Because they are both common conditions and incidence increases with age, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) often occur at the same time. 

    This often leads to questions about whether there is a link between the two conditions.

    If you have cataracts and AMD, this fact sheet is for you.

    This fact sheet is designed to answer your questions about cataracts. It discusses what cataracts are, how the eye works, and how cataracts occur. It also covers the risk factors for cataracts and addresses concerns about cataracts in people who also have AMD.

    This fact sheet can be viewed online, downloaded or ordered for free.