AMD affects the macula, the central portion of the retina, which is responsible for our detailed central vision that helps us to read, recognise faces and drive.
Your peripheral vision is usually unaffected.
There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet.
The dry type is more common and happens when the macula gets thinner over time and waste products (called drusen) get deposited within the macula.
The wet type is less common but happens when abnormal new blood vessels grow underneath the retina and leak fluid and/or blood. This can lead to a more rapid visual decline than dry AMD.
There is no active treatment for dry macular degeneration, although certain nutritional supplements, along with simp
Wet macular degeneration can be treated with intravitreal injections (known as anti-VEGF, or antivascular endothelial growth factor) which can stabilise and potentially improve vision. The injections are given on an outpatient basis and usually require a few rounds on a regular basis depending on the patient’s response.
Intravitreal injections are carried out in clinic as a quick day procedure. The eye often is a little gritty and red for the first 24-48 hours but usually no drops or other treatment is required between injections.
It’s important not to drive to appointments and have other arrangements for transport to and from the clinic.
Most patients tolerate and respond very well to treatment. Complications are rare, but can include:
Your surgeon will talk all this through with you.
Your optician or GP will discuss the various treatment options available to you and where you can choose to have your treatment. You’ll be able to take the time to decide where you’d like to be treated, and your GP or optician will make the arrangements for your referral.
Please follow your local protocol regarding referrals – we accept direct referrals by secure email, fax, OptoManager and post. Please call us on the number at the top of this page if you would like any further information about making a referral to Newmedica.
Send a letter to the patient’s GP with GOS18 requesting an onward referral via ERS.
For GPs and Referral Centres
Send a referral form to Newmedica with GOS18 by post or secure fax 020 7924 6262 or email to:
Cataract and oculoplastic referrals will be assessed against local criteria.
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects your retina, the light sensitive layer at the back of your eye.
Cataracts are a very common eye condition that usually develop as we age, causing cloudy or misty patches in the eye’s clear lens.
An epiretinal membrane is a benign growth of transparent scar tissue film over the macula, the centre of the light-sensitive part of the eye. They are quite common and usually develop as we age.
Medically known as oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery, this describes a variety of procedures that focus on disorders of the eyelids and tear ducts.
Glaucoma is term for a group of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, typically due to an increased pressure within the eye.
A macular hole is a small gap in the centre of the retina, the light-sensitive lining of the eye. This is what we use for seeing fine details such as when reading, watching television or threading needles.
Medical retina describes eye conditions that affect the sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye, known as the retina.
This condition means that the pressure in your eye (intraocular pressure) is higher than normal and is usually detected by your optician during a routine eye test.
Floaters are caused by fragments of the vitreous humour that fills the back cavity of the eye. As the vitreous shrinks, it forms clumps which cast shadows on the light sensitive part of the eye, the retina.