Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Age-related macular degeneration

 

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe visual impairment in older adults in the western world and, in the UK, it is estimated that over a quarter of a million adults suffer blindness because of it. This article describes the condition and its diagnosis and gives a clear role to pharmacists, in giving advice on dietary factors and supplements, helping to recognise and prevent the disease, and explaining the issues behind the available treatments.

To read the full article download the attached PDF (960K)

Elaine Mann MRPharmS, is the ophthalmic, ENT, maxillofacial and dental lead pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and chairman of the UK Ophthalmic Pharmacy Group.

Signposting

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (www.rnib.org.uk) provides patient information leaflets in large clear print, Braille and audio CD. It also runs a free medicines information line so that patients can listen to information leaflets (0800 198 5000).

The Macular Disease Society website (www.maculardisease.org) has a series of information leaflets that can be printed or downloaded onto an MP3 player.

AMD Alliance International (www.amdalliance.org/home.html) is a source of information about AMD. The website includes patient videos on living with the disease.

References

  1. AREDS Age related eye disease study.
  2. NICE. Guidance on the use of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration. TA68, 2003.
  3. Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Age-related macular degeneration guidelines for management Feb 2009 (under review)
  4. NICE. Ranibizumab and pegaptanib for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. TA155, 2008. http://publications.nice.org.uk/ranibizumab-and-pegaptanib-for-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-ta155
  5. ANCHOR Anti-VEGF antibody for the treatment of predominantly classic choroidal neovascularisation in AMD.
  6. MARINA Minimally Classic/Occult Trial of the Anti-VEGF Antibody Ranibizumab in the Treatment of Neo¬vas¬cular AMD.
  7. PrONTO Prospective optical coherence tomography imaging of patients with intraocular ranibizumab.
  8. CATT Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration treatments
  9. Royal College of Ophthalmologists. RCOphth Review concludes that Avastin and Lucentis are equally effective in treating wet AMD 14/12/11
  10. IVAN Randomised controlled trial of alternative treatments to Inhibit VEGF in Age related choroidal Neovascularisation.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11097826

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

RPS publications

Pharmaceutical Press is the publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and is a leading provider of authoritative pharmaceutical information used throughout the world.

Visit rpharms.com

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary information

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.