portraits of macular degeneration

Macular Degeneration

quite simply ~ is an eye disorder that damages the center of the retina

causing gradual deterioration in focus in the central field of vision

unless you have the condition

it is extremely difficult to know what it is like to live with everyday


{it is a condition that hits close to home for me ~

since my own mother & grandmother have been diagnosed with this disease}


UK artist Adam Hahn was inspired by his own grandmother who experienced it ~

but never talked about what she saw


so with the assistance of The London Project to Cure Blindness

he spent time with patients suffering from the condition

& interviewed them about how they saw the world

he gathered data at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology

& used his research to direct these paintings “Portraits of Macular Degeneration”



to hear from adam & some of his subjects about this project ~ watch this:


although there is no known way to prevent macular degeneration

lifestyle factors can reduce your risk of developing the condition:

  • don’t smoke
  • eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in animal fat
  • exercise regularly
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • protect eyes from sunlight
  • take specialized eye vitamins

see your eye care professional regularly for dialated eye exams!!

take the amsler grid test – a chart that helps doctors detect vision problems associated with macular degeneration



{click on logo below}


3 thoughts on “portraits of macular degeneration

  1. Adam, your Portraits of Macular Degeneration is a fantastic work of art and education. There is nothing like “seeing” what others are (or are not) seeing to help others understand the seriousness of age related macular degeneration (AMD).

    Thank you for using your creative and artistic abilities to help others understand better what AMD is all about.

    If you’d like to learn more about this retinal disease – on how to prevent it and recognize the symptoms go to:

    Definition of Macular Degeneration

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