Video: What are the symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

In this video I explain the symptoms you may notice when you have wet or dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration – or AMD – are often a blurring of the central part of your vision. So if you imagine, your visual field being a whole picture – a little spot in the middle will become more and more blurred.

With dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration, that blurred patch can happen or start very slowly. And it generally progresses over a period of time and starts to blur your vision more and more centrally. The important thing here is it doesn’t affect your whole vision, it’s the part you use to focus on. And when you think about that, you focus using the central bit of vision probably 95% of the time. Dry happens slowly and gets worse for over many years.

The wet form of Age-Related Macular Degeneration happens quite quickly and can happen over a period of weeks. Now, if that does happen you tend to get quite a patch of blur in the centre, you may get distortion – so you look at straight lines and they become curved. If that happens than you need to get to see your ophthalmologist like myself.

We can diagnose what type you have with all our fancy machinery and make sure that you get treatment if it’s appropriate. The quicker you can get treatment for wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration the quicker you can reverse the vision loss that you may experience.

And if you want more details how we treat that, then you can ring the number at the end of the video. And we can discuss the options for you specifically.

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About Jaheed Khan

My name is Jaheed Khan and I am a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinica London.

My special expertise is in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the back of the eye, the retina, including AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and various other diseases of the retina.

I have over 15 years experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and have published extensively in scientific journals about treating eye conditions.

In my NHS practice, I am responsible day-to-day for the training of the eye surgeons of the future.