... ... AMD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a breakdown of the eye’s macula which is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. Macular degeneration is a painless condition. It often occurs later in life and is therefore often referred to as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK.
Diagram explaining age related macular degeneration

Symptoms


• blurred vision
• dark smudge could appear in your central vision
• difficulty reading
• difficulty recognizing people’s faces
• colours seem faded
• difficulty adjusting from dark to light enviroments 

Causes


• smoking
• poor nutrition lacking in fruit in vegetables
• high blood pressure
• UV radiation (sunlight)
• genetics
• more women than men are diagnosed with AMD