Symptoms of Macular Degeneration include:
Blurry or dark areas around the centre of vision
Decreased resolution of vision, which affects one’s ability to drive, read the fine print, etc.
Changed colour perception
Risk factors include genetic predisposition (history of family members with AMD), smoking history, hypertension, high cholesterol, and poor nutrition. Macular degeneration is a progressive disease. Intervention is recommended to stop it from getting worse. Without treatment or control measures, you may fall within the “legal blindness” category. This is when your eyesight is so impaired that it has to be defined by law to either make you eligible for certain benefits or limit certain activities like driving a car.
The risk of developing Macular Degeneration increases as we age. Statistically, 1 in 3 adults will suffer from macular degeneration before the age of 75.