Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that can affect your central vision. AMD is the one of the leading causes of sight loss in the UK in people over 50, with an estimated 239,000 people in the UK with visual impairment caused by AMD. AMD affects the macula, a small part of the eye which is responsible for central vision. The macula allows you to see detail. AMD usually starts in one eye and is highly likely to affect the other eye at a later stage.
There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. Dry AMD is the most common form of the disease which develops slowly, eventually causing loss of central vision. Wet AMD is caused by leaky blood vessels inside the eye. It is less common but vision loss is more rapid.
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