Eye Health

15 October 2010

Getting to grips with macular degeneration

While age-related macular degeneration is not widely known about it is an important eye condition and the leading cause of visual impairment in senior citizens of European decent.

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)


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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