(Age-Related Macular Degeneration)
What is Dry AMD?
Dry AMD is a form of Aged-related macular degeneration (AMD). 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.
AMD affects the vision you use when you're looking directly at something, for example when you're reading, looking at photos or watching television. AMD may make this central vision distorted or blurry and, over a period of time, it may cause a blank patch in the centre of your vision.
Dry AMD is the more common type of AMD. It usually develops very slowly and causes a gradual change in your central vision. At its worst, dry AMD causes a blank patch in the centre of your vision in both of your eyes.
However Dry AMD does not affect your peripheral vision, so never leads to total blindness.