I have Age-related Macular Degeneration. This might well mean loss of central vision – not good news. But I am lucky in being able to get the best treatment (Lucentis
injection in the eye. It doesn’t hurt. Honest).
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Now one of the factors that that apparently can be a factor in causing AMD is excessive exposure to light, particularly at the blue end of the spectrum. Now of course, pilots get plenty of that. I never heard of that risk during my 40-year flying career. I rarely used sunglasses as I found, even with the graduated type, the instrument panel would be too hard to see.
So has there been any research into AMD among aged ex-pilots? And should today’s pilots be encouraged to wear sunglasses? And are windshields providing adequate filtering protection?
Jack (still able to type with both eyes!)