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Macular degeneration

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Introduction
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision but can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision.
Symptoms of macular degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is not a painful condition. In fact, some people do not even realise there is a problem until their symptoms become more severe.
Causes of macular degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is caused by a problem with part of the eye called the macula. The macula is the spot at the centre of your retina.
Diagnosing macular degeneration
In some cases early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be detected before it begins to cause any symptoms, during a routine eye test.
Treating macular degeneration
There is currently no cure for either type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Complications of macular degeneration
Being told that you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be frustrating, as simple everyday tasks, such as reading, become more difficult.
'The mistiness gradually turned darker and darker...'
Lee has age-related macular degeneration, which is a painless eye condition that leads to the gradual loss of central vision.
'Giving up driving was hard. A part of my independence had gone'
Twenty years ago, Barbara Watson discovered she was suffering from age-related macular degeneration (MD). Now aged 79, she talks about how it's affected her.
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