What is macular degeneration?
AMD affects the macula - the central part of the retina, which is the sensitive nerve layer at the back of the eye. It results in a loss of central vision, so someone with AMD will develop a blind spot in the centre of their eye. Approximately 35% of people over the age of 75 are diagnosed and it is the leading cause of blindness in the western world.
What causes AMD?
A range of genetic and environmental factors can contribute to developing this disease. However the most important and established risk factors are:
- Increasing age
- A family history of the disease
- Poor diet and high cholesterol
How to reduce the chance of developing AMD
As well as reducing any negative behaviour, such as smoking and bad nutrition, our enhanced eye test and our macular screening can also help. Taking these comprehensive tests regularly can help us monitor your eye health and recommend actions that will reduce the risk of developing AMD.
To help identify any signs of AMD, we combine the most advanced technologies, such as:
- Macular protective pigment density
- Sight Risk
Using these assessment tools, we can gather a range of detailed evidence that will inform us about any potential signs of disease. There is an initial charge of £35 for your comprehensive first appointment with follow-up examinations costing £21.
Where is this service available?
What Happens Next?
From the information gained by macular screening our optometrists will be able to recommend an appropriate course of action.
- If you are showing any potential signs, we can offer a monitoring service and advice you on new treatments and other potential preventative methods.
- If you are showing progressive signs of AMD and your vision is compromised, we can offer a low visual aid assessment. This aims to optimise the vision remaining through the use of glasses, magnifiers, lighting conditions and new electronic imaging devices.