Macular degeneration, also called age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a condition that typically affects older people, usually over the age of 60 years. It’s the most common cause of blindness for this age group.
Macular degeneration causes a loss of central vision and possible distortion, making straight lines look bent. Letters or numbers may appear jumbled when reading. Peripheral vision usually remains unaffected.
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
- Blurred vision
- Shadows or missing areas of vision and distorted vision (straight lines appearing wavy, for example).
- Discerning colours can also be difficult, particularly detecting darks from other darks, or light from other lights.
- Slower adaptation to dark conditions after being exposed to bright lights may also be noticeable – for instance, entering a darkened room after being out in bright sunlight.