Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration, by Mary Somnibus, a recent follower of this blog who runs her own blog. My mother has MD, and I wish we had known this material earlier.

Macular degeneration (MD) is the name given to a group of chronic, degenerative retinal eye diseases that cause progressive loss of central vision, leaving the peripheral or side vision intact. It affects the ability to read, drive, recognise faces and perform activities that require detailed vision. Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, is the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss in Australia, responsible for 50% of all cases of blindness. …

Aged Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a serious eye disease that has limited treatment and no outright cure. As a civilian, whose only experience has been a personal one I want to pass on what little I know from that perspective.

Everyone over fifty should have an Amsler grid hanging on their wall, especially if there’s a history of Aged Macular Degeneration (AMD) in the family….

Pdf of grid with instructions here.

Just a casual check once a week to make sure there aren’t any changes to the grid. If the lines are suddenly not showing straight the next step is an immediate visit to the optometrist or eye specialist where the affected eye can be monitored. …

Over 14% of Australians over 80 (almost 130,000) have vision loss or blindness from age-related macular degeneration.

More at the link.