Be wise – take care of your eyes

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a condition that damages the macula, the central part of the retina.

fundus image of eye showing macular degeneration

The macula is responsible for central vision and the ability to see detail. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people over the age of 60. There are two forms of AMD.

Dry AMD which accounts for up to 90% of all cases. Vision impairment is gradual and early cases often have few symptoms.

Wet AMD is more aggressive and if left untreated can result in severe loss of vision in as little as three months. However early detection ensures that all treatment options remain available. Regular eye tests are therefore an absolute necessity.

Testing a patient for macular degeneration

Back to caring for your eyesight
website by Periapt Technologies Ltd Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid Robots.txt UK Opticians ©2009-10 A.M.Thakar