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Eye conditions

We are a research charity and cannot write fully about various eye conditions.  A short 'portrait' is given here on some eye diseases but for more information we suggest you contact your GP or Optician if you are experiencing eye problems.  A referral to your nearest eye clinic will be made by your Doctor or Optometrist if necessary.

Age-related macular degeneration

Age related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the western world. The delicate cells of the macula become damaged and stop working. If this occurs late in life, it is called 'age related macular degeneration' or AMD. This affects in 1 in 3 elderly people. Although people do not lose all of their sight, reading, recognition of faces, driving, watching television and independent living can become increasingly difficult. There are two types of AMD known as 'Dry' and 'Wet'. Please click on the links below the video to obtain further information relating to eye diseases.

People with age related macular degeneration have a gradual loss of central vision.

Age-related macular degeneration anti-VEGF service at Southampton Eye Unit

We are delighted to announce that Southampton Eye Unit is able to offer an anti-VEGF service for patients suffering from “wet macular degeneration”. This allows NHS patients suffering from wet macular degeneration to be treated quickly to halt the damage caused by the new blood vessel growth seen in wet macular degeneration.

Gift of Sight IVI Video from Factory-Television on Vimeo.

You may find it helpful to watch this video which follows a patient who has 'wet' AMD through a visit to Southampton Eye Unit.

Research Papers submitted by Professor Lotery and team are shown on the University of Southampton School of Medicine website