Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in Australia. AMD affects the central part of your vision and will not, by itself, lead to total blindness. In fact, most people affected by AMD will NOT go blind.  However, it can lead to permanent loss of central vision which is responsible for reading, seeing faces and driving, so it is essential that this disease is picked up early so that treatment can begin to prevent further vision loss.

What is AMD?

AMD is a loss of central vision that tends to occur in older people. Genetics, smoking and diet are known to play a role, but age is the biggest factor. Oxidative stress to the delicate tissues of the retina and macula leads to changes in the retina. You can read more on our macular degeneration page.

Macular degeneration dry and wet.

How we test your eyes for macular degeneration

Even with no risk factors, all patients of The Eye Practice have the following tests:

Retinal imaging

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to base-lining the health of your eyes. Capturing the unique appearance of your retina while it is young and relatively healthy, gives us the best possible tool to monitor change in your eyes over time.

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)

This is the ultimate test for AMD. It can show what’s going on under the surface, where the earliest signs of AMD can be picked up. See our OCT page for more information.