Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an eye condition causing you to gradually to lose the central part of your vision, limiting your ability to see what is straight in front of you. Central vision is used during activities such as reading, writing and driving.

Types of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration can be split into two types; dry and wet.

‘Dry’ macular degeneration is by far the most common type and affects your vision gradually, usually of the course of several years. Many people with dry macular degeneration do not completely lose their reading vision but distance vision can become compromised.

‘Wet’ macular degeneration is more serious than dry macular degeneration, and can develop very quickly. The good news is that it is more treatable than ‘dry’ if it is treated quickly.


What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

One of the main early symptoms is the blurring of the central part of your vision even when using your glasses. You may also notice that:

  • You need brighter light to read by.
  • Words in a book or newspaper may become blurred.
  • Colours appear less bright.
  • You have difficulty recognising faces.
  • Lines you know to be straight may appear wavy and distorted.


Diet, dietary supplements, and age-related macular degeneration

Many people with macular degeneration, both wet and dry, can benefit from certain dietary supplements. These supplements can slow down the progression of macular degeneration.

To see our range of dietary supplements click here.

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