Age Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of poor sight in people over the age of 60.
The macula is the small central part of the retina, which is responsible for what we see when we look straight ahead, allowing us to see fine detail when reading or recognising faces, as well as allowing us to see colour.
The cells of the macula are very delicate and can become damaged over time. When this occurs later in life, it is known as age related macular degeneration (AMD).
In our practice we have a machine called the Macuscope that helps in the detection of AMD. We also supply a unique vitamin supplement, Macushield that helps in the prevention of AMD.
What causes AMD?
The exact cause is not known, but a number of risk factors have been identified:
Age AMD is age-related and therefore is more likely later in life.
Gender Women appear more likely to develop the disease.
Smoking several studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of AMD.
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