Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition that affects many people, particularly over the age of 65. AMD is a condition that affects the macula area, a small part of the retina at the back of the eye. This area contains specialised cells important in the processing of light. Damage to these cells causes distortion of central vision and in some cases can cause a painless loss of central vision. There are two main types of AMD: “dry” and “wet”.
Dry AMD is the more common type. It develops very slowly and causes a gradual change in central vision. In more severe cases, dry AMD causes a blank patch in the centre of your vision in both eyes. It doesn’t affect the peripheral vision and it does not lead to complete blindness.
Wet AMD develops more rapidly, so it impacts central vision in a shorter time. Neither type of AMD will cause the loss of peripheral vision and blindness.
During a routine eye examination at Mallon+Taub, the optometrist will thoroughly examine your macula. If any changes are detected, we will refer you to the appropriate eye specialist who will give you further advice and treatment.
Many studies suggest that exposure to high levels of UV light in sunlight throughout your life could increase your risk of developing AMD. Protecting eyes from sunlight by wearing sunglasses is recommended for everyone throughout their life. At Mallon+Taub we specialize in prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.