Age-related Macular Degeneration/ Drusen

Age-related Mascular Degeneration


Age-related mascular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision but can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision. Central vision is used to see what is directly in front of you. In AMD, your central vision becomes increasingly blurred, leading to symptoms such as:


  • difficulty reading due to the text appearing blury
  • colours appearing less vibrant
  • difficulty recognising people's faces

AMD usually affects both eyes, but the speed at which is progresses can vary from eye to eye.


AMD does not affect the peripheral vision (outer vision), which means it will not caused complete blindness


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Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Drusen are made up of lipids which is a fatty protein. There are different types of Drusen. 


  • Hard Drusen - this may not cause vision problems for a long time, if at all.
  • Soft Drusen - this type of of Drusen may increase the risk of AMD