Macular degeneration is an age-related condition that damages the nerve receptors in the macular area of the retina. With its high density of nerve receptors, the macular area provides our ability to see fine detail.
There are two types of macular degeneration: “dry” and “wet”. Our optometrists routinely check for both types during each eye test, which takes approximately 40 minutes.
Macular degeneration can be hereditary, so anyone with a family history of this condition should have regular checks. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, comprehensive examination is required at least once per year.
We may also recommend that you have an OCT retinal scan, which provides a three-dimensional image of your retina. This enables detection of changes beneath the macula that may not otherwise be visible.
Please note: the macular degeneration eye test requires the use of eyedrops to dilate the pupils, which may result in temporary blurry vision and light sensitivity. We advise against driving immediately at the end of these examinations, and recommend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.