Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) causes a gradual loss of central vision. Central vision is needed for reading, driving, recognizing faces and doing detailed work.
The decline to severe loss of vision can vary from months to years – depending on the type and severity of ARMD. Visual loss caused by ARMD cannot normally be reversed.
In some cases, treatment may halt or delay the progression of visual loss. ARMD is the most common form of Macular Degeneration and develops in older people (There are other rare types of Macular Degeneration which occurs in younger people). ARMD can affect anyone. It is the most common cause of severe sight problems (‘visual impairment’) in the UK and becomes more common with increasing age.
About 1 in 100 people aged 65 -75, and about 1 in 8 people aged over 85 have ARMD severe enough to cause serious visual loss. About twice as many woman over the age of 75 have ARMD compared to men of the same age.
An internal check of the eyes is conducted during each eye exam to check for Macular Degeneration and further supplementary tests can also be conducted to check progression or onset. At Visioncare at Home, we like to make sure that your examinations are regular and thorough.