Age-Related Macular Degeneration

older lady with glasses 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) usually affects people over the age of 60 and is one of the most common causes of sight loss in developed countries, affecting around 500,000 people in the UK.


AMD is a condition affecting a tiny part of the back of the eye called the macula and leads to loss of what is known as central vision (the ability to see what is directly in front of you). Your peripheral vision (side vision) is not affected by AMD. AMD tends to make central vision blurry and distorted and may eventually cause a black patch in your visual field. 


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