Researchers have indicated that more people may end up suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the UK in the next decade.
According to research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the number of people facing blindness thanks to the disease will increase by one quarter by 2020.
A poll by the College of Optometrists also found that, despite 600,000 people in the UK suffering from the illness, which is the leading cause of blindness, only half of adults in the country are aware it exists.
Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser to the College of Optometrists, said: "AMD is the biggest single cause of sight loss in the UK so it is concerning that so few people are aware of it and its symptoms."
Scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center in the US recently came one step closer to using transplanted adult stem cells to mimic the eye cells that are lost in those with AMD.
by Emily Tait