Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 65 in the UK. MD impedes activities such as reading, driving and recognising faces.
Macular Degeneration occurs when the layer of the retina responsible for nourishing the macula's light sensitive cells and carrying away waste products starts to function less effectively as it ages.
Cells in the macula breakdown causing loss of sight centrally but leaving the peripheral vision unaffected.
Dry Macular Degeneration
This is the most common form of Macular Degeneration. It occurs when the build up of waste material and lack of proper nutrition causes a gradual deterioration of the macula, usually over many years.
Wet Macular Degeneration
This is less common. It occurs when tiny, new, abnormal blood vessels grow. They leak blood and fluid, damaging the macula and causing a more rapid loss of central vision.
You can check your own eyes for any new distortions.
- Cover one eye and look at the black dot in the centre
- Check if there are any wavy or distorted lines
- Repeat with the other eye
Any change, contact your local branch for an appointment.