24 June – 30 June 2019 is Macular Awareness Week

 

What is Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible sight loss in the UK and mostly affects people over the age of 50, affecting approximately 600,000 people in the UK.

AMD affects the light-sensitive layer at the back of the retina, the macula, causing central vision to become blurred or reduced in one or both eyes. There are two forms of the disease, wet and dry.

Currently, there is no treatment for Dry AMD. Wet AMD can be treated by regular injections into the eye. The treatment is uncomfortable and generally serves only to stabilise sight at the level already lost.

The causes of AMD are not well understood but environmental and genetic factors both play a part. We urgently need to find more effective and less invasive treatments to reverse sight lost to AMD. Continue reading about AMD.

 

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