By Adrian Galbreth
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is already one of the leading causes of sight loss in the UK, but the number of people in the UK suffering from the condition is set to rise further still in the coming years, a new report has revealed.
Research carried out by experts at St George's, University of London, and published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology shows that cases of AMD will rise by a third in Britain by 2020.
The specialists based their predictions on data drawn from analysis of AMD cases recorded between 2007 and 2009 and estimate that the UK's ageing population will contribute to a substantial rise in the number of people suffering from the condition.
Their report reveals that 2.4 per cent of people currently suffer from AMD, meaning ageing alone will increase in prevalence by a third over the next eight years.
In the study, the researchers noted: "These evidence-based estimates can be used to help plan social and healthcare provision for the present and the future."
by Emily Tait