Heidelberg Eye Clinic provides monitoring and treatment of macular degeneration, which includes eye injections.
Macular degeneration is a disease that affects the central retina (the macula). We can compare the human eye to a camera. The retina is like a photographic plate or film that sits at the back of the eye and captures light to form images -sending them via the optic nerves to the brain.
The macula is the central and most sensitive area of the retina, it collects highly detailed images at the centre of your vision in each eye, this allows you to read, drive a car, recognise faces and see objects in fine detail. When the cells of the macula deteriorate, the quality of the images received by the brain is affected.
Macular degeneration is also known as age related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration usually occurs in patients over the age of 50 years. Macular degeneration becomes more common with increasing age. We also know that there are inherited genes that increase your risk of developing macular degeneration. Another major risk factor is smoking.
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
- Blurred vision
- Distorted vision
- Difficulty reading
- A black patch in the centre of vision, sometimes more noticeable in low light levels
These symptoms can come on suddenly or appear gradually.