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  What is AMD?
The retina is the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye. It “sees the picture” that the eye sees and can be compared to the photographic film in a camera. The Macula is the most sensitive part of the retina and is responsible for seeing detail. This includes vision for reading, faces, many colours and fine sight.

Why does Macular Degeneration occur?

The Macula is the most used part of the retina. With time it may develop “wear and tear” This causes scarring, bruising and the formation of degenerative tissue.

Are their any warning signs?

Your optician may pick up early signs. Other symptoms may include a distortion in vision, particularly central vision. Faces may become less clear, straight lines may become wavy and shapes may appear odd. There may be a family history.



Is there any treatment?

There are a broad range of treatments available. These include special injections to slow down the degeneration. Other treatments which may be suitable include laser treatment and surgery. Your surgeon will advise you on the best course of action according to the type of AMD you have developed.

What else can I do to help control the condition?

A special supplement of vitamins and antioxidants may be helpful. Sunglasses with good UV protection may also help protect the Macula.

  Age Related Macular DegenerationMacular Degeneration

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