Age-Related Macula Degeneration

Age related macula degeneration (AMD) mainly affects the older generation. It can affect people over 50 years of age and is most common in the above 65 group.

 

Macula degeneration occurs when there is damage to the cells in the central area of the retina (the macula) which are responsible for seeing fine detail.

 

There are two types, dry and wet. The more common dry type macula degeneration is progressive and can take many years to develop, affecting one eye more than the other. The wet type is much less common and causes a sudden loss in vision, normally in one eye.

 

A healthy diet is known to slow the progress of ARMD or prevent it altogether. A good consumption of leafy green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, is important as they are rich in specific vitamins and minerals. Also reducing the amount of UV rays that enter the eyes is very helpful.