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 19th to Sunday 25th September.

Please make sure you and your family Never Miss The Wonder in your life by getting your sight tested and protect your vision health.



What’s on? AMD Awareness Week September 2016

From Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September, to raise awareness of Age- Related Macular Degeneration and to identify people who could be at risk, Fighting Blindness, NCBI – the national sight loss organisation, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), 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 FREE AMD eye test at our testing van in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford 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 should Never Miss The Wonder in your life as a result of sight loss from AMD.

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 19th and 25th of September 2016:

Dublin - Tuesday 20th September:

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


Galway - Wednesday 21st September:

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


Limerick - Thursday 22nd September:

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


Waterford - Friday 23rd September:

  • Waterford Golf Club, Newrath, Waterford from 10am - 1pm
  • Outside Tesco, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Waterford from 2pm - 6pm


Cork - Saturday 24th of September:

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