Black & Lizars macular screening was set up in 2008 to screen for the increased possibility of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Age-related Macular Degeneration
(AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the western world, with
approximately 35% of people over the age of 75 suffering from it,
to some extent.
AMD affects the macula - the
central part of the retina (the sensitive nerve layer at the back
of the eye). It results in a loss of central
vision. In effect, someone with AMD can see everything except
what they are looking at.
It is a disease with both genetic
and environmental components. The three most important and
established risk factors in the development of AMD are:-
• Increasing age
• A family history of the disease
Other factors that can play a role
in AMD are:-
• Female gender
• Ethnicity - AMD is more common in Caucasians
• Light iris colour
• Low macular protective pigment levels (MPP)
• High cholesterol
• Hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiovascular
• Poor diet
• Damage by free radicals within the eye, which develop in
response to light entering the eye and oxidative stress
• Low levels of antioxidants
What can I
do to reduce my chances of developing AMD?
Some of the above risk factors are
modifiable. For example, a person can stop smoking, improve
their diet and even increase their macular protective pigment
Book your macular screening
appointment at any of the following practices:
There is an initial charge of £35
for your comprehensive first appointment with follow-up
examinations costing £21.