Age Related Macular Degeneration

  • AMD is a common condition that affects the central part of your vision. It usually first affects people over the age of 50. 
  • AMD can be found during a routine Eye Exam before you have symptoms.
  • It can make everyday activities like reading and recognising faces difficult.
  • Symptoms can include blurred vision, distortion or straight lines that appear wavy or crooked.
  • There are two main types of AMD - Dry AMD and Wet AMD 
  • Dry AMD can cause a gradual reduction in vision over several years
  • Wet AMD can cause a sudden reduction in vision or distortion.
  • There is currently no treatment for Dry AMD.  
  • Wet AMD can be treated with injections if caught quickly enough or occasionally a specialist from of laser treatment.
  • The exact cause of AMD is unknown.  It has been linked to smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight and having a family history of AMD.