15.03.2011

Early diagnosis "crucial" to limit AMD

Early diagnosis "crucial" to limit AMD

By Alexa Kaczka

The best way to limit the debilitating effects of age-related macular denegation (AMD) is to diagnose the condition early and enable treatment to begin, one expert has pointed out.

Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser to the College of Optometrists, said there are plenty of preventative measures to limit a person's chances of developing AMD, such as not smoking and eating healthily.

However, she said that early diagnosis is vital for those who have already developed the condition.

Dr Blakeney explained: "There is currently no cure for either forms but early diagnosis and treatment of wet AMD - which is acute - is crucial in order to prevent vision loss. Dry AMD is more common and there are services available to support people with this condition."

Through making people more aware of AMD and the impact that it can have, the expert said it will hopefully increase detection and the number of people seeking access to support services.

Meanwhile, Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the International Glaucoma Association, recently said the fact that 250,000 people in the UK alone are losing their sight due to the eye condition glaucoma at the moment means that awareness needs to be greater.

by Adrian Galbreth


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