Macular degeneration on Channel 10 News
Channel 10’s Eyewitness News team visited Dr Chauhan’s clinic in Box Hill last week to find out more about age-related macular degeneration. The star of the piece was Alan Kell, a veteran of 104 intravitreal injections over the last 9 ½ years. He did a great job of explaining that injections work amazingly well to keep vision stable. He also put paid to the myth that the injections are a traumatic experience- he didn’t bat an eyelid.
The messages were about prevention -how to eat away your risk of blindness from AMD (once again, about eating fish, green and gold) and detecting the disease early. In addition, other factors such as smoking and obesity and genetics are extremely melt important.
All too often older people dismiss visual problems as just another inevitable part of ageing. It is vital that people understand that increasing central visual distortion and patchy loss of vision is NOT normal. All the research shows that the earlier people seek attention, the earlier the condition is picked up, not only can severe vision loss be prevented, but the better the vision is, In fact, with treatment for wet macular degeneration, about 2 out of 5 patients get much better vision.