May 21-27 is Macular Degeneration week. It is a week that allows us to reflect on all Australians suffering with Macula disease. This week increases awareness of all macula diseases including age-related Macular degeneration, Diabetic eye disease and other diseases of the macula. Macular degeneration is responsible for 50% of blindness across the general population. Prevention, detection and diagnosis is the key to achieving optimal eye health. Degeneration of the eye affects a special layer of the cell in the eye called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). In later stages of life, the RPE can die this can cause vision loss as there is a lack of blood supply to the eye.
There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet. Wet macular degeneration can be treated effectively through intravitreal injections in combination with laser or monotherapy. These do not cure the disease however they focus on maintaining and stabilising vision. Some clinical trials have been used to indicate vision improvement. Dr Goodwin has seen various positive outcomes associated with improved vision from the use of Intravitreal Injections.
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