Advances being made against this eye disease of the elderly
Speaking on World Sight Day, Dr Uys said that the fact that AMD caused so many elderly people visual impairment made it an important disease for the public to be aware of. While dry macular degeneration, the most common form of the disease, cannot be cured, there are ways to slow its progression and to deal with its effects.
Understanding and treatment of macular degeneration in all of its forms is progressing steadily. Meanwhile, education helps people to become discriminating consumers of therapies and services. It also keeps them aware of progress in the continuing battle to slow macular degeneration and improve the quality of life of those who have it. (Netcare St Anne’s Hospital/ October 2010)