The human macula or ‘sight spot’ in the back of the eye is the area of the retina concerned with detailed vision. Our macula is responsible for our detailed vision including reading and colour discrimination. Its health is essential for most of what we regard as good vision, that is, the ability to be able to recognise places and people, and be able to read and drive a motor car safely. Macular degeneration is the commonest form of blindness and visual incapacity in the western world. It is more common as we get older and about 25% of people over 75 years of age have some degree of macular change.
For additional information on Macular Degeneration, please view our Macular Degeneration brochure.