UK cases of progressive sight loss condition set to rise a third by 2020

Medical Xpress – New cases of the progressive sight loss condition, known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short, are set to rise by a third in the UK over the next decade, reveals research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. AMD, which comprises “dry” (geographical atrophy) and “wet” (neovascular AMD) forms, accounts for over half of the total number of those registered blind and partially sighted in the UK. AMD affects part of the retina—the macula—at the back of the eye, impairing central vision. As the name suggests, it is strongly associated with ageing. Read article