Researchers estimate that one in 2000 people in the developed world are affected by AMD. Among non-diabetics, it is the most common problem affecting the retina, and it is the major cause of legal blindness in individuals over the age of 65. As the population enjoys a longer life, the number of those affected by AMD will increase as well.
Age related macular degeneration is the main reason of vision loss in those aged over 50, vison loss can effect our normal reading and driving,and they can occur within months,or over many years.depending on the type and severity of age related macular degeneration.
AMD is most prevalent in people aged 50 years and over. Most people affected by AMD can see well enough to live independently, but have trouble with tasks that require the ability to see fine detail such as sewing, driving and reading. Recognising faces may be difficult too. About one in seven Australians over 50 show signs of AMD.