Age-Related Macular Degeneration (commonly referred to as AMD) is the leading cause of sight loss for those aged over 50 in Ireland.Over 7,000 new cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration are diagnosed every year in Ireland, often at a stage when damage has already been caused to vision.Early diagnosis by an eye care professional can allow for treatment and prevent any further deterioration.

AMD affects the macula– a small part of the eye responsible for central vision which allows you to see detail. It is located in the centre of the eye and from here information is passed to the brain where it is converted into a picture of what you are seeing. This central vision allows you to read, drive etc.  It usually starts in one eye and is likely to affect the other eye at a later stage.

Wet and Dry AMD



Dry AMD is the most common and it develops slowly. The exact causes are unknown but there is a definite link between smoking, high blood pressure and poor diet. Research has shown that vitamins such as MACUSHIELD can help reduce the risk of developing AMD.

Wet AMD is caused by leaky blood vessels inside the eye, it is less common (1 in 7 in Ireland with AMD) but it can cause more rapid loss of vision.



How does AMD affect vision?

The most obvious symptoms are DISTORTION and BLURRING in the centre of vision.

Amsler Grid

Testing for the early symptoms using The Amsler Grid

  • Hold the grid at around 30cm in front of your eyes
  • Use your reading glasses
  • Cover one eye at a time and focus on the central dot
  • Check that you can see all 4 corners
  • If areas of the grid appear blurred, distorted you could be experiencing early signs of AMD

REMEMBER if you are over 50 and have not been to the Optician in the last 2 years you should seriously consider making an appointment now. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of AMD visit us in Sweeney’s Opticians within the next week- acting early could prevent further damage to your eyesight.

As part of AMD Awareness Week, SWEENEYS  OPTICIANS  are offering a FREE Age Related Macular Degeneration screening  from Monday 19th to Friday 23th September.

Why would you not avail of this service?

Please call SWEENEY’S OPTICIANS on 071-9169090 or email to arrange an appointment.