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.