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AS OUR EYESIGHT DETERIORATES WITH AGE, it’s normal to rely on glasses. But there’s a much more serious problem that affects one in 200 of us in the UK: age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The condition is hard to reverse, so prevention is the best strategy for everyone. As new research around diet and nutrition is looking positive in the fight against AMD, nutrition editor Amanda Ursell examines the approach that may lower your risk of developing it

IF YOU’VE HEARD OF IT, that’s because age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is far more common than it should be. It’s likely you know someone with AMD, or have read or heard an interview with Dame Judi Dench, who suffers from the condition.

AMD causes permanent damage to the macula, an area found in the eye’s retina that helps to provide sharp central vision. Classic symptoms include gaps and dark spots appearing in your field of vision. Sight often becomes blurry and distorted as AMD progresses.

Although macular damage, even in its most severe form, doesn’t cause total loss of sight, it can profoundly affect our central vision and, therefore, our quality of life. It also tends to run in families, as the actress Judi Dench, now 83, observed when she was diagnosed with the condition in 2012.

‘I’ve got what my ma had – macular degeneration, which you get when you get old,’ stated Judi simply at the time. She went on to describe how she could see people sitting to either side of her but not the interviewer who was sitting directly in front of her. ‘I can’t see you, but I can see your outline,’ she explained. ‘You get used to it – and very bright light helps,’ she added. Yet because of it, the actress can no longer read scripts, so she has someone who accompanies her to read them instead.

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