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.

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Macular Degeneration

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Normal Vision

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.