Modern Sight Saving Treatment
AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
ARMD can be effectively treated with modern injecton based treatments. These can reverse vision loss and preserve sight.
Macular degeneration is a disease that affects the retina. The retina is like the film in an old style camera, and is responsible for converting the light we see into an electrical impulse which the brain turns into images.
The most important part of the retina is the macula, as that is the part of the retina that provides our high-level central vision that we use for things such as reading, watching television, recognising faces, etc.
If ARMD develops, the macula degenerates, and loses function. As a result, the vision is very poor.
There are two main types of ARMD.
Dry ARMD is most common, slowly progressive and can result in vision loss. It is not treatable at this time, but can be slowed by lifestyle modificaton.
Dry ARMD can convert to Wet ARMD suddenly and result in rapid vision loss. If there is sudden change in vision or new distortion, you must seek urgent review with your ophthalmologist as there may be treatment available.
Wet ARMD is rapidly progressive and can result in severe vision loss if left untreated. It is the result of new blood vessels growing under the retina which bleed and scar. Modern Anti-VEGF treatment such as Eylea, Lucentis and Avastin can preserve vision in this instance if regularly and promptly treated.