Is age-related macular degeneration a new disease?

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Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of blindness. The etiology of ARMD is not known, and for many patients current treatments are insufficient. Knowledge of the antiquity of a disease might be a useful clue in understanding its pathogenesis it is necessary, but of course not sufficient, that the cause of a disease be at least as old as the disease itself. Here I note that, curiously, ARMD has only described quite recently (1855), more than 200 years later than the first description of glaucoma (1622) and many centuries after the first description of cataracts. Potential implications of this late description of ARMD and future work on the antiquity of ARMD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-122
Number of pages2
JournalOphthalmic Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • ARMD, antiquity
  • ARMD, etiology
  • ARMD, history
  • Age-related macular degeneration


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