Lambrou Eye Studio, Independent Optician in Locksbottom, Orpington, Kent

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Age Related Macular Degeneration and MPOD

Macular degeneration (ARMD) is an age related condition, which affects the macula (central part of the retina).  It is a painless condition, usually affecting both eyes to varying degrees. ARMD often leads to a gradual loss of central vision, rather than peripheral vision and causes problems with:

  • Reading and fine detail
  • Driving
  • Colours appearing less vibrant
  • Difficulty in recognizing facial features

We can screen for this condition at Lambrou Eye Studio and offer dietary advice for ARMD, such as the inclusion of foods with antioxidants contained in certain vegetables and types of fish, which help keep the macula healthy.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the loss of vision from the centre of the eye and can be caused by high energy blue light from the sun damaging the retinal protective shield, or macular, over time.  The MPOD measures the density of the yellow pigment within the macular that has an important role in absorbing the blue light.

The macular is the small area that the centre of the retina responsible for the central vision.  Its role is to filter out harmful blue light before it hits the sensitive rods and cones on the retina.  As a person gets older, the risk of ARMD increases, particularly when coupled with poor diet, smoking and drinking.  This can accelerate the onset of the disease.

If Lambrou Eye Studio, Locksbottom, can be of any help or assistance with any of your visual requirements or needs, please do not hesitate to call on or visit the contact page and we will respond within 24 hours.