This occurs when the central area of the retina (Macula) becomes effectively worn out and the delicate cells stop working. As such it is usually an age related condition more prevalent in the over 60's.
There are two types of macular degeneration:
1. Dry - where the visual cells stop working. This accounts for about 90% of cases and at present this type is mostly untreatable.Read More
2. Wet - where there is leakage from delicate blood vessels in the macula that eventually causes scarring to take place. This type is treatable in some cases.Read More
Will I go blind ?
No, it is only the very central area that becomes affected so you still maintain your peripheral vision, which enables you to get about. Tasks like reading and television can often be improved with low visual aids. Jonathan conducts clinics at 2 local hospitals for patients with these types of problems.