What is AMD?

AMD or Age Related Macular Degeneration is a progressive eye condition estimated to affect approximately 3.5 m in the UK (Source RNIB), with one in ten, over the age of 65 suffering from the disease to some extent.

Whilst total loss of vision is rare, AMD is sited as the most common cause of blindness in the developed world.

What is the Macula?

The Macula is a small, delicate, area of the retina located at the back of the eye, made up of light sensitive cells. The Macula is the part of the eye responsible for our central vision, allowing us to see fine detail clearly and is essential for activities such as reading, writing, driving or even recognising faces.

<h4>Diagram shows the location of the <br />Macula within the eye</h4>

Diagram shows the location of the
Macula within the eye

What is the Macular Pigment?

The Macular Pigment is a protective yellow filter, made up of three macular carotenoids Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin.

Lutein is the dominant carotenoid around the periphery of the macular, with Zeaxanthin gathering in the highest concentration around the centre and then finally with Meso-Zeaxanthin dominating right at the very centre of the macular where vision is at its sharpest.

This macular pigment acts similarly to a pair of natural sunglasses within the retina, absorbing the harmful blue and UV light, present all around us in sunlight, car headlights and computer screens and protecting the delicate cells inside the macular from oxidative stress.

The Macular Pigment therefore plays a critical role in helping to maintain a normal, healthy eye function.

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