The macula is the anatomical part of the central retina which supplies central vision. As you read, you are using your macula to see this print.

Macular degeneration (MD) is a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision. Hence, MD affects the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces. There is an increased risk of MD with smoking, positive family history of MD and age. 

Sudden loss of central vision in patients with MD requires urgent immediate eye care.


For more information > Macular Disease Foundation Australia

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