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Macular Degeneration

Eyesight Problems: Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (often called AMD) is the greatest cause of visual loss in older people. It is prompted by progressive damage to the central part of the retina, called the macula.

AMD can result in a profound loss of detailed vision, causing eyesight problems and taking with it the ability to read, cook, see food, spot hazards, recognise faces and other actions most of us take for granted. The condition isn’t painful, though, and seldom leads to total sight loss, since only central vision is restricted. More than likely, enough side vision will be left to allow mobility and preserve independence.

AMD symptoms:

  • Blurring of central vision
  • Objects appear odd sizes and shapes
  • Straight lines may appear curvy or fuzzed
  • Lights, colours and shapes may appear to be there when they aren’t
  • Advanced AMD can cause a blank or dark patch in the middle of your sight
  • Reading, watching TV and identifying faces become difficult

Examination for AMD:

Both eyes are assessed – frequently only one is affected, or one is more affected than the other.
Eye drops are used to dilate the pupils and allow your optometrist to see more clearly into the eyes. Drops may cause blurring and sensitivity to light, but that is normal.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Visioncall optometrists are qualified to carry out the examinations and will advise on subsequent referrals. Do not hesitate to ask for advice on this or any other eye health matters.

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