Sight Stealing Age-related Macular Degeneration

04 Apr 2014

Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD is the primary cause of irreversible blindness in those over the age of 60 and is unique in that it exhibits no noticeable symptoms until the condition is already at an advanced stage.

This progressive eye disease damages the macula, which is the centre-most point of the retina at the back of the eye where light is projected so that you can see images in fine detail.

A healthy macula is vital for vision clarity so that you can read, write, recognize faces and drive with ease.

Who gets AMD?

There is no definitive cause of macular degeneration from one person to another, but if there is a history of the disease in your family, you will have a greater chance of developing the condition.

Awareness about AMD is the best course of action, especially since there are little or no initial early-onset symptoms to look out for.

A thorough eye examination that involves an in-depth look into the back of the eye is the best course of action to diagnose AMD.

At Optilase Northern Ireland, you can avail of a free consultation that will be able to detect any abnormalities in the macula which could signal the beginnings of AMD.

The risk of developing AMD increases with age, which is why it is important to schedule your free eye consultation if you are over 60 and have noticed changes in your vision.

AMD can also present in younger eyes, so it is important to get your eyes checked for any changes in the back of the eye.

Types of macular degeneration

Dry AMD: This more common version of AMD is characterized by the formation of yellow or white deposits in the macula, known as drusen. As the drusen grow in size it results in the breakdown of the macula which results in the gradual loss of clear vision.

Wet AMD: This form of AMD results in the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina which leak blood and fluid into the macula while will eventually lead to impaired eyesight.

Symptoms of AMD

Unfortunately there are no warning signs of AMD developing until the disease is already at an advanced stage, which is why it is vital to have the health of your eyes checked regularly, especially in the lead up to retirement age.

At Optilase Northern Ireland, you can avail of an eye consultation to put your mind if you are concerned about the disease developing, especially if you have been experiencing blurred vision, blind spots and difficulty focusing on detail.

Book your free eye consultation at Optilase today on 08000 121 565.

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