Macular degeneration affects around 40% of the population. The most common form is age related macular degeneration (AMD).
It is a painless condition that causes you to lose central vision in both your eyes. Central vision is what you see when you focus straight ahead. It can affect reading, vibrancy of colours and make seeing people’s faces difficult. It is the most common reason why people are registered blind.
Peter Marson and his team are leading the way in the identification and treatment of macular degeneration - with two of our optometrists specialising in this field. Peter Marson is also a consultant at the Sussex Eye Hospital in the detection, triage and post-treatment care of macular degeneration.
We have invested in state-of-the-art piece of equipment called an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner which helps us rule out macular degeneration if you are having vision problems and also helps us to predict if you could have a future higher risk from AMD.
Symptoms of macular degeneration include:
Although it mostly affects people as they age, macular degeneration can happen in younger people and rarely sometimes in children.
If your vision is gradually getting worse then we recommend you come and visit one of our optometrists to get an eye examination done.
Factors which place you at higher risk of macular degeneration include:
Although there is no cure for macular degeneration there are some aids that can be useful to help make things easier - such as good glasses, magnifying glasses, large print books and bright reading lights.
There are also some preventative things you can do if you are at high risk of developing macular degeneration. These include good nutrition and stopping smoking.