Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD is when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged.

How does AMD effect vision?

AMD affects your central vision and your ability to see fine details whether they are close of far away, but your peripheral vision will still be normal. Imagine looking at a clock, you might be able to see the numbers but not the hands.

Symptoms of AMD

AMD is usually a slow, painless loss of vision, in rare cases it can be sudden. Common symptoms of AMD include:

  • Shadowy areas in central vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Unusually fuzzy vision

Who is at risk from AMD?

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural ageing process, but the following can increase your risk of developing AMD.

  • A diet high in saturated fat
  • Overweight
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Have a family history or AMD
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Are over 50 years of age

What to do next?

As with any other condition, regular eye tests are vital to help maintain the health of your eyes and vision. This is because our tests can often detect the signs of conditions before the symptoms occur.

If you have any concerns or questions, get in touch, we’re here to help.

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