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Age-related
macular
degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
is a very common form of visual impairment.
About one in ten people over 65 have some level of AMD. 

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AMD
Symptoms

Central vision will become blurred, leading to difficulties in recognising people’s faces, and activities like driving and reading. Colours may also appear less vibrant and straight lines may look distorted or wavy. Some AMD sufferers become sensitive to bright lights and whilst AMD will not lead to complete blindness, it usually affects both eyes. 

There are two
main types of AMD

Both develop when the macula, a tiny part of the retina, starts to deteriorate.

Dry AMD - is the most common form of AMD. It happens when the cells of the macula are damaged due to a build-up of waste products. The loss of central vision may occur over a long period. There is no specific treatment, but a good diet may slow the progress of the condition, and reduce the risk of it turning into wet AMD. Magnifying lenses, large print books and very bright lights can make reading easier.

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