What Are The Symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

What is AMD?

AMD is normally an age-related disorder, usually affecting 50-60-year-olds and the middle part of the vision. It does not cause total blindness despite what people might say, however, it will make tasks like reading and recognising faces difficult.

If not managed, this disorder can get worse over the years and can affect either eye or both eyes. 

Origin of AMD

The origin of AMD is unknown however studies have shown it has been linked to smoking, high blood pressure and being overweight. It also might be hereditary.

The first symptom is often a blurred or distorted area in your vision. If it gets worse, you might struggle to see anything in the middle of your vision

Other symptoms include:

  • seeing straight lines as wavy or crooked
  • objects looking smaller than normal
  • colours seeming less bright than they used to
  • seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations)


AMD isn't painful and doesn't affect the appearance of your eyes. If you have a problem with your eyes, early diagnosis and treatment may help stop your vision from getting worse.

If you experience any of the following symptoms then please consult an eye specialist or doctor immediately.

  • your vision gets suddenly worse
  • you have a dark "curtain" or shadow moving across your vision
  • your eye is red and painful

All information is taken from the NHS site page on AMD. We sell pills depending on what you need to help with AMD with Macushield information here.