As the skin ages, it loses elasticity, causing wrinkles. A very similar thing happens with the eye.
Age-related macular degeneration – like wrinkles – is just something that happens over time. The macular is the part of the retina that controls most of our central vision. So if it starts to deteriorate, it can seriously reduce our quality and clarity of forward-facing vision.
There are two types of macular degeneration – wet (when damage is caused to the macular cells by abnormal blood vessels from underneath the macular) and dry (when the macular cells are damaged by a build-up of waste products in the eye).
If you develop macular degeneration you might find it harder to read; you might even find it more difficult to recognise people.
The degeneration is painless. While that’s reassuring to some extent, it does mean that, by the time the deterioration is found, it can already have reached an advanced stage.
Regular check-ups help ensure that if the macular starts to deteriorate, we can do something about it before it deteriorates too far.
If you think you may be suffering from macular degeneration, try not to worry. The condition isn’t always severe. Many people only experience a small reduction in the quality of their sight.
The most important thing to remember is that we can help you. Book an appointment and we’ll take a closer look at your retinas. We’ll be able to tell you straightaway if there has been any degeneration and talk through what you need to do to manage the condition. We use some very sophisticated equipment to show you images like these <insert images> – so you can see exactly what we’re talking about.