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Age Related Macular Degeneration


Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the delicate cells of the macular become damaged and stop working. These cells are found on the centre of the retina, at the back of the eye, and are where the light coming into the eye is focused. They are responsible for us being able to see what’s in front of us and to appreciate colour.

Macular degeneration usually affects people over 60, but can happen earlier. It can lead to a degradation or even complete loss of central vision. During your eye examination, your optometrist may recommend the use of our retinal camera to examine the back of your eye. By taking photographs every time you visit, we can detect any changes in your retina and refer you to an ophthalmologist for treatment if necessary.

For up-to-date information, visit the Macular Society website at