The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) has released a useful guide to understanding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ideal for eye health practitioners to provide to patients with AMD, the free resource outlines essential facts and information as well as providing a snapshot of the latest macular research at CERA.
AMD is a leading cause of severe central vision loss among Australians aged over 50 with one in seven Australians in this age range showing signs and around 15% progressing to ‘late-AMD’. Keeping a close eye on AMD can reduce the risk of irreversible vision loss, hence the importance of resources, like the Understanding age-related macular degeneration guide, in keeping patients informed and aware.
the resource contains information on understanding an individual’s risk of developing AMD, including mention of risk factors… how to detect early signs and symptoms…
In order to help guide patients through the condition, the resource contains information on understanding an individual’s risk of developing AMD, including mention of risk factors such as family history and smoking, how to detect early signs and symptoms of AMD and late-AMD and how to check for such signs at home using an Amsler grid, and the process of treatment and monitoring, including information about Wet AMD treatment.
As well as this, the guide provides an insight into research using AI and modern imaging to better predict who will progress to late-AMD, as well as information about CERA’s nanosecond laser treatment trial and it’s potential to slow some forms of early-AMD.
The guide also stresses the importance of regular eye checks and suggests patients take part in clinical research in order to contribute to the development of AMD treatments.
A copy of Understanding age-related macular degeneration is available here: https://www.cera.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Understanding-age-related-macular-degeneration.pdf