What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
AMD is a painless eye condition which affects the small central part of your retina at the back of your eye, called the macula.
The macula is responsible for your detailed central vision (the vision you use when looking straight at something), which is needed to recognize faces, drive and read. As such, AMD affects your central detailed vision, but not usually your peripheral (side) vision.
Approximately 600,000 people in the UK currently have sight loss caused by AMD, and 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year (that’s nearly 200 a day!). It is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world and the third most common globally.