“What is Age Related Macular Degeneration? (AMD)

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (commonly referred to as AMD) is the leading cause of sight loss for those aged over 50 in Ireland.

Over 7,000 new cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration are diagnosed every year in Ireland, often at a stage when damage has already been caused to vision.

Early diagnosis by an eye care professional can allow for treatment and prevent any further deterioration.

As part of AMD Awareness Week, FREE Age Related Macular Degeneration testing is available at locations nationwide from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th September.

Please make sure you and your family See the Whole Picture for years to come by getting your sight tested.

What’s on? AMD Awareness Week September 2017

Now in its 10th year, AMD Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the condition and encourage the public to avail of a free AMD eye test.

From Monday 25th to Saturday 30th September, to raise awareness of Age- Related Macular Degeneration and to identify people who could be at risk, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), NCBI – the national sight loss organisation, and Novartis Ireland are working together to educate the public about AMD as well as offering a programme of FREE AMD eye testing. You can avail of a FREE AMD eye test at our testing unit in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Cork during AMD Awareness Week as well as at participating Optometrists nationwide.

Regular eye tests can protect your eyesight and allow for early identification of any problems. Our goal is that you, your friends and family will take advantage of this free testing to ensure you See the Whole Picture for years to come.
To find out where the nearest testing location is to you, or to hear more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration, its causes and symptoms, please see below.


FREE AMD testing venues, dates and times

AMD Awareness Week encourages anyone who is worried about their eyesight to speak to a healthcare professional and get their eyes tested. The Novartis mobile testing van will visit the following locations between 26th and 30th of September 2017:

Dublin - Tuesday 26th September:

  • 10am - 1pm County Library Tallaght, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • 2pm - 6pm Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Waterford - Wednesday 27th September:

  • 10am - 1pm Waterford Health Park, Slievekeale Road, Waterford
  • 2pm - 6pm Outside Tesco, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Waterford


Limerick - Thursday 28th September:

  • 10am - 1pm Castletroy Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
  • 2pm - 6pm Junction of O'Connell Street and Thomas Street, Limerick


Galway - Friday 29th September:

  • 10am - 1pm Ballybane Library, Castlepark Road, Ballybane, Galway
  • 2pm - 6pm West Side Shopping Centre, Galway


Cork - Saturday 30th of September:

  • 10am to 1pm Cork Golf Club, LittleIsland from
  • 2pm to 6pm Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Link Road, Co. Cork