Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration affects central vision

Age related macular degeneration (or ARMD) is the most common cause of blindness and low vision in Australia (and other developed countries). The risk of developing macular degeneration goes up over the age of 50.

Macular degeneration causes blurred or distorted vision in one or both eyes. Some people with ARMD have relatively normal vision, whilst others have very blurred central vision.

Screening for ARMD involves checking how clear your vision is and checking whether there is any distortion in your vision. We will also look at your macula (at the back of your eye) to look for signs of ARMD. An OCT scan of your macular may be recommended.

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Two types of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration comes in 2 types, wet and dry. The wet form can be very aggressive but there is an effective treatment. The dry form tends to be much slower but there is currently no definitive treatment.

Your optometrist may recommend a dietary supplement that has been shown in large clinical trials to slow the progression of ARMD.

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