FOR Annette Hanney, it all started with the suspicion she might need new glasses.
"I found that I was taking off my glasses to read the newspaper," she recalled.
She thought nothing of it as there was no significant deterioration in her sight.
But all the same, the 58-year-old went to the optician to see if her spectacles needed to be updated.
"When I went for the eye-test, the girl said 'there's something going on here'," recalls the mother-of-three.
Annette (above), an office administrator from Rathfarnham, Dublin, suddenly guessed what was up: "I have a sister who is quite a bit older than me – she's in her 70s, and she has age-related macular degeneration (AMD), so when the optician said there was something wrong, I suspected AMD immediately."
She was referred to a specialist and tests showed she had the condition in both eyes.
Annette received a course of injections into her eyes once-a-month for three months, and then one injection every six weeks.
"There's no deterioration and that's the biggest thing," she says.
"I've caught it very early and can read and drive. I was very lucky in that it was spotted quickly, diagnosed quickly and treated quickly."