Types of macular disease

Nearly 1.5m people in the UK have macular disease. It affects people of all ages. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common condition, generally affecting people over 50. A group of rare inherited conditions called juvenile macular dystrophies can affect much younger people, including children.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people.

A large number of rare, inherited conditions. They can appear in childhood, although some are not diagnosed until later in life.

This section provides information about a range of other macular conditions.

The macula is a significant part of the retina at the back of the eye, responsible for all of our central vision.