As we get older, the macula (the central part of the retina responsible for detailed vision) can begin to break down, causing blurred vision. The macula allows us to see fine detail for activities such as reading, recognising faces, watching television and driving. It also helps us to see colour.
The earliest sign of macular degeneration is often the appearance of small yellow deposits called drusen, which form under the retina. These are accumulated waste products which, as they get larger, stop the flow of nutrients to the retina and cause the layer of supporting cells beneath it to become very thin. When cells in this layer die, the overlying macula degenerates and loses its visual function.
There are two main types of AMD: dry and wet. The extent of the degeneration may be different in each eye and may not progress at the same rate.
Find out more about AMD:
Our hospitals & consultants
All treatments are carried out in our own dedicated eye hospitals. You will be cared for in relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Your consultation is provided by the same renowned Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon who will deliver your treatment.
Optegra delivers a full range of techniques and procedures using the very latest technology. We provide laser eye surgery, permanent lens replacement surgery, cataract surgery and treatment for other medical eye conditions including glaucoma.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
Treatment at Optegra has changed my life. Without them, I literally would have gone blindMary
AMD Patient, Optegra
Download a free infopack
Not ready for a consultation? Learn more about our range of treatments, doctors and hospitals.Information pack
Free Virtual Consultation
It takes under a minute to book your virtual consultation with UK's top rated vision correction clinicBook Now
Call us free
We'll answer any questions you may have about treatment.
0808 163 5845
Line is open Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat: 9am-2pm