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, most of our colour vision and the fine detail of what we see.