What is AMD?

AMD or age-related macular degeneration is a condition that affects the eye's central vision.

How does it occur?

When abnormal blood vessels start growing into the macula, a small part of the retina behind the eye.

What are the symptoms?

  • Gradual or rapid onset of blurred vision, especially in the central vision.
  • Seeing shadows or missing areas of vision.
  • Distorted vision, for instance, a grid of straight lines appears wavy and parts of the grid may appear blank.
  • Problems discerning colours, specifically between dark colours and between light colours.

What is the treatment?

The condition is irreversible, but can be stabilised through intravitreal injections which slow the growth of new abnormal blood vessels into the macula.