Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and what to look out for!
What is AMD
AMD is normally an age related disorder, usually effecting 50-60 year old's and the middle part of vision. It does not cause total blindness despite what people might say however it will make tasks like reading and recognising faces difficult.
This treatment can get worse if not treated, however it can be easily treated. These disorder can get worse over the years and can effect either eye or both.
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 getting worse.
If you experience any of the following symptoms then please consult a 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