What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that affects a tiny part of the retina at the back of your eye, which is called the macula. AMD causes problems with your central vision, but does not lead to total loss of sight and is not painful.

At the moment, the exact cause for AMD is not known, but some things are thought to increase your chances of developing AMD, including your age, smoking, your genes, sunlight and what you eat.

We have produced a detailed leaflet, part of our Understanding series, on AMD:

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