Macular degeneration (MD) is commonly age related and most frequently affects people over the age of 55. 18.5% of those aged over 85 are affected by the disease. More women suffer from the disease.
MD is a degenerative disease of the central retina (the macula) that causes progressive, painless loss of central vision. It affects the ability to see fine details, read, drive a car, and recognise faces.
Although there is no known cure, there are treatments (depending on the type of disease) that can slow the progression.
Regular check-ups are important and new technology (our OCT scan) can assist in the much earlier detection of the more aggressive forms of MD. The earlier the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to keep.