Macular Degeneration - FAQS

Q. What is AMD?
A. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an age related disease affecting the macula (the centre of the retina).
There are two types of AMD, wet and dry.

Q. What are the risk factors for AMD?
A.Increasing age
Smoking
Family History of AMD
Skin colour (Caucasians are at greatest risk)
Iris colour (pale irides have a higher risk)

Q. How common is AMD?
A. 15 in every 100 people older than 50 show early signs.
Over the age of 75, this increases to 30 people in every 100.

Q. How do I know if I have AMD?
A. Straight lines may appear wavy.
Vision may be blurry or fuzzy.
You may have difficulty in recognizing faces.
You may notice a blurred or blind spot in the centre of your vision.

Q. What should I do if I am concerned about AMD?
A. Contact an ophthalmologist for a complete medical eye health check.