Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. Our OCT 3D retinal scanner can show up macular degeneration at an early stage. If you would like to book a scan, please contact us.
The macular is an area at the back of the eye that you use for seeing fine detail. Macular degeneration occurs when the macular becomes damaged. This can make it harder to do certain tasks such as watching the television, sewing, reading or recognising faces.
The most common forms of macular degeneration happen more as you get older and are known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can be ‘wet’ or ‘dry’. Around one in 10 people aged over 65 show some signs of macular degeneration caused by a genetic condition but this is less common than AMD.
Dry macular degeneration is much more common than ‘wet’ and is when yellow deposits, known as drusen, build up behind the macular. This may, in time, affect your vision, though this normally happens slowly. No treatment has yet been developed for dry MD.
Wet macular degeneration happens when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow behind the macula and leak fluid. This pushes the macula away from its blood supply at the back of the eye and causes a rapid loss of vision. It is usually associated with you noticing distorted vision (straight lines become wavy, or you have a blank spot in the centre of your vision).
If you notice these symptoms, you need to see your optometrist straight away.
You can read more about AMD via the following link