Private Service, Ophthalmology
Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common condition of maturity which interferes with the ability to read and see directly ahead. Although it does not make the sufferer blind it is a devastating condition.
It is possible after retinal examination to assign a risk of developing macular degeneration. There are treatments that are able to reduce the risk of vision loss in those who are found on retinal examination to be at high risk. The preventative treatment in common use at present is a tablet called Ocuvite®, which is a high dose multivitamin and mineral supplement.
If the devastating form of macular degeneration is detected early enough, it is now possible to offer an intraocular injection of Avastin® which in many cases is able to restore sight.
The warning of the serious form of macular degeneration is the development of a black spot in the centre of the vision which is often experienced in the morning, twisting or distortion of straight lines, delayed recovery of sight on coming in from the bright outside and difficulty reading.