AMD is one of the biggest causes of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. It occurs when the macula at the back of your eye is damaged. The macula is responsible for your colour vision and you may find it hard to recognise faces, red and watch television.
Early AMD is when yellow deposits, known as drusen accumulate behind the macula. Early AMD rarely affects vision and many people will never need treatment. Late AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels leak causing scarring. Urgent treatment will be required as sight loss is likely.
The risk of AMD start to begin around the ages of 60. Straight lines may appear distorted, colours look faded, bright lights are uncomfortable and/or you have problems adjusting to light and dark rooms. Late AMD can be treated through drug injections. The best way to reduce your risk of contracting AMD is not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
What are the symptoms of AMD?
- Straight lines may appear distorted or bent
- Spots or smudges may appear in your vision
- Bright light may be more uncomfortable. Eyes having difficulty adapting when moving between light and dark rooms.
- Colours look faded
- Objects may appear to change shape and size or even move, and words may disappear when you are reading
If you think you may have AMD, please get in touch with us at Midlands Community Eyecare to book an appointment with an NHS registered home visiting optician in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the Worcestershire.
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