07.07.2009

Scottish plans to improve eye health

Scottish plans to improve eye health

By Alexa Kaczka

Plans have been outlined in Scotland to improve the accessibility of eye care in certain areas.

According to the Scotsman, the Eye Pavilion in Lauriston may move its services around communities.

This could improve accessibility for people who suffer from impaired vision.

In addition, officials say that it would prompt people to have their eyes checked sooner and cut down the waiting times at the pavilion itself.

Recently, a new laser treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was widely reported.

Professor John Marshall of King"s College London developed the technology, which is painless.

Results for early trials have been positive.

The laser is used to boost enzymes in the eye in their clearing of natural waste, a process which can slow down or fail as part of the ageing process.

If this happens, it can lead to AMD.

Prof Marshall now wants to carry out more tests on people who have AMD in just one of their eyes.

He intends to research how to maintain vision in the good eye.

by Adrian Galbreth


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