What is macular degeneration?

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.

Further information & resources for patients

RANZCO advice

Health&

Retina Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

For Specialists

Retina Journal

Journal of the American Medical Association