There are two main types – dry AMD and wet AMD
Age Related Macular degeneration also Known as AMD develops when the part of the eye responsible for central vision (the macula) is unable to function as effectively as it used to.
Dry Macular degeneration develops when the cells of the macula become damaged by a build-up of deposits called drusen. It's the most common and least serious type of AMD, accounting for around 9 out of 10 cases.
Vision loss is gradual, occurring over many years. However, an estimated 1 in 10 people with dry AMD go on to develop wet AMD.
Wet AMD, or Neovascular Age related Macular degeneration – develops when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the macula and damage the cells in the Macula.
Wet AMD is much more serious than dry AMD. Without treatment, vision can deteriorate within days.
As with any each condition, It makes sense to incorporate eyecare into your regular heath regime. A regular eye examination for a heathy adult should be carried out every 2 years. however, if there is a family history of eye health problems more frequent Eye examinations may be necessary.
In the UK we have a well structure eyecare system with Optometrists having access to the NHS Ophthalmic network and referral system.
If you have any doubts about your vision or eye health contact your Local independent optician who will be only too pleased to help.
To find your nearest Optician who undertake NHS eye examinations follow the link below