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Sometimes it starts with wavy vision. Objects appear distorted. Familiar faces go blurry.

Sean Teare, a 48-year-old health care consultant from Duxbury, Mass., struggled to read menus in dimly lit restaurants. After a battery of tests, his optometrist told him he had age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, an eye disease that afflicts more than 9 million Americans and can cause serious vision loss. “It came as a complete shock,” said Teare.

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