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Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD / AMD) is a condition of the retina in which the macula slowly loses function and the sufferer gradually looses the ability to see detail. Age-related macular degeneration only affects this one specific area of the retina and, although the ability to see fine detail is lost, navigational vision (the ability to get about) remains good.
Nonetheless, it is the leading cause of blind registration in over-65 year olds, and about 30% of over-75 year olds show some degree of age-related macular degeneration.
There are two main types of AMD "wet" and "dry". The "wet" type is the most severe and causes sudden rapid loss of sight. It is less common and affects less than 1 in 15 people suffering from AMD.
What can be done?
Treatments for “wet” AMD include; Laser photocoagulation of the macular, photodynamic therapy (PDT) and anti VEGF-A growth factor therapy (Lucentis & Avastin). The best visual outcome that can be expected from these treatments is a partial recovery of vision to a level equivalent to that experienced by patients with
"Dry" AMD is the most common form of the condition. There is no conventional medical or surgical treatment for this problem.
The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) showed that a particular cocktail of vitamins (currently available as B&L Preservision) helped stabilize the progression of dry AMD in about 35% of people who took the vitamins.
One of the first tests to confirm a diagnosis of
macular degeneration involves asking you to look
at an Amsler grid. Click here to find out more....
An eye test is not just to see if you need spectacle correction.
It is a vital health check. Henry Morgan Opticians has invested in professionals, dedicated to helping our patients achieve best eye health. Investments in technology allow us to give you the most thorough eye examinations possible and we will continue to invest so that our patients receive the best care and attention.
‘Prevention is better than cure’
There is a school of thought that advocates that people with a family history of AMD or with low levels of macular pigment should build up the density of their macular pigment and thus help prevent macular damage and early onset of the disease.
What are the risk factors?
• Family history
• High exposure to UV
• Being female!
There are things you can do to help, click here
to find out more...