C55225: Nutrition and AMD - part 1

In the first of a two-part series, Dr Rebekah Stevens and Dr Hannah Bartlett review the evidence for nutritional influence upon the progression of age related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness registration in the developed world (figure 1).1 A rapidly ageing population has raised the priority of reducing the risk for age-related eye diseases that impair sight and quality of life. As there are currently 9.7 million people aged 65 and older in the UK and by 2020 one in five UK citizens will be aged 65 or older,2 it is imperative that more AMD research is conducted and additional help is given to those with the condition.

Figure 1: Atrophic ‘dry’ age-related macular degeneration

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