Macular Degeneration (MD) is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision, affecting the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces.
Although there is no cure for MD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression, depending on the stage and type of the disease (wet, dry, and other forms). The earlier the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to retain.
There are different types of MD and the type of MD you have influences what treatment options are available. In MD it is critical to have regular reviews and also some form of retinal imaging in order to gauge any progression. Imaging may be in the form of Digital Retinal Photography (DRP) but often we will recommend Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) to better assess whether there is a need for intervention from an Ophthalmologist.
More information about MD can be found at Macular Disease Foundation Australia.