What is Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD)?

Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD)

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. It can cause a blurry or empty area in the middle of your vision over time. Your side vision is not normally affected.

Gradually occurring poor vision can make tasks like driving a car or reading a newspaper difficult. Early treatment can help symptoms to be managed and stop your sight from getting worse.

Macular degeneration happens when the part of the eye responsible for central vision and seeing colour and detail (the macula) deteriorates. This is commonly because of age but can be because of a growth in blood vessels under the macula.

What are the symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

  • A blurred, darkened or empty area in the centre of your vision
  • Distorted appearance of straight lines
  • Colours may be less vivid

What are the causes of Macular Degeneration?

  • Ageing process
  • Smoking
  • Diet

How do you treat Macular Degeneration?

  • Specialised glasses
  • Specialised contact lenses
  • Laser eye treatment
  • Injections