Do you know someone affected by Macular Degeneration AMD
16 May 2016
Macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease that leads to damage in the cells in the retina at the back of the eye. It affects central vision in the area called the macula. When the macula is damaged a person's vision may become blurred or distorted, making everyday tasks a challenge. For some it leads to partial sight or being registered as legally blind, with all the implications for quality of life and independence that can result.
Keyes Eyecare are the first in the North East, and one of only ten optometrist practices in the UK, to offer a chance for clearer vision for people suffering from deteriorating eyesight due to Macular Degeneration (AMD).
“E-scoop” lenses from Holland are curved, tinted and coated and include a prism. These all help to enable a patient with poor central vision to use an area of retina that is less affected by the disease. For some patients, using a healthier area of the retina results in dramatic improvement to blurred and distorted vision.
AMD currently affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and is the leading cause of vision loss. By 2020, it's predicted almost 700,000 people will be affected.
The condition is most common in people over the age of 50. It is estimated one in ten people over 65 have some degree of MD.
Anthony McIvor, (our Dispensing Optician), says: “The effects of Macular Degeneration on a person's vision and quality of life can be devastating. We are hugely excited to be leading the way in looking at new solutions to improve eyesight. This lens system offers hope to patients with poor vision due to conditions such as macular degeneration. For the right patients this system can provide sight that is not possible with conventional spectacle lenses.
“Macular Degeneration is a progressive disease that leads to damage in the cells in the retina in the back of the eye. It affects central vision in the area called the macula. When the macula is damaged a person’s vision may become blurred or distorted, making everyday tasks a challenge.
“With a prism these lenses move images away from the damaged macular area and the thickness, combined with the curve and tinting help to improve contrast and make objects appear slightly larger.
“By raising awareness of these lenses we hope to improve the lives of people with visual difficulties."