Macular Degeneration

what is it and how can it be treated
One of the most common symptoms of AMD is noticing that straight lines appear wavy

WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Macular degeneration  (MD) happens when the macula at the back of the eye becomes damaged, making it harder to see fine detail.

DOES IT CAUSE BLINDNESS?

MD is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. However, most people with MD still have their peripheral vision and can see well enough to get around.

DOES IT HAPPEN MORE AS YOU GET OLDER?

The most common forms of MD happen more as you get older and are known as age-related MD (AMD). Around 1 in 10 people aged over 65 show some signs of AMD.

HOW IS MACULAR DEGENERATION TREATED

This video explains what Dry MD and Wet MD is how it affects your eyes, and why it is important to speak with us as soon as possible if you experience any changes to your vision.

Protection Against MD

Smoking is a known major risk factor for developing MD so if you smoke try to stop. It is also believed that having a diet that is rich in oily fish and coloured fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of developing MD.

WET OR DRY MD

Dry MD is the most common. This is when yellow deposits known as drusen, build up behind the macula. Wet MD happens when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow behind the macula and leak fluid.

TREATMENT FOR AMD

There is currently no treatment for Dry MD. If the Dry MD is interfering with your ability to see fine details, we can advise you on special magnifiers which can help you. Wet MD can often be treated if it is caught early enough by injecting a drug into the gel inside you eye.

AFTER TREATMENT

If you find you are struggling to see things because of poor vision we can provide you with details for you local low vision service. The RNIB can also give you advice on the help that is available to you.

Contact Your Local Practice for More Information