AMD could affect 10m more people in Europe by 2050

Posted: Tuesday 12 November 2019

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could affect 10 million more people in Europe by 2050, according to a new study. 

With an ageing population, scientists say the condition is on the rise and predict rates of the condition will increase by 15 per cent in the next 30 years – from 67 million in 2015 to 77 million.

Currently the Macular Society estimates there are 600,000 people in the UK with AMD, but the new study published in the British Medical Journal has predicted there are in fact 1.2m affected in the UK alone. This number is expected to increase to 1.6m by 2050. 

Cathy Yelf