Please see below the several common eye problems we routinely pick up:


 

Diabetic Eye Disease Glaucoma Cataracts Age Related Macular Degeneration
 


The macula is the central part of the retina (the light sensitive film at the back of the eye). It is the area where the incoming light rays are focused. The macula is very important as it allows us to see detailed activities such as reading and writing, gives us coloured vision and allows us to see straight ahead of us.

In macular degeneration, the cells of the macula wear out and become damaged. It is not known why this happens, but tends to happen as people get older, usually affecting both eyes.

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In most cases the visual cells cease to function, this is known as dry or pigmentary macular degeneration. However, in some cases, there is leakage of blood vessels that causes scarring, this is called wet or disciform macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration never causes complete blindness as it only affects the very central part of the retina and not the peripheral vision. The symptoms in the early stages are blurred or distorted detailed vision, objects sometimes have an unusual shape and straight lines have kinks in them.  Later, there can be a dark patch in the centre of sight, which makes detailed activities difficult.

New treatments are now available to treat wet macula degeneration if the changes are diagnosed early enough. A new drug called lucentis can prevent the leakage from the blood vessels. Also we now know that diet and certain supplements can have a preventative effect.

For more information contact:       The Macular Disease Society
                                                                PO Box 16
                                                                Denbigh, LL16 5ZA.
                                                                Tel. 0800 328 2849