Online AMD research study for optometrists: current practice in Ireland and UK

21 November 2011
Volume 12, Issue 4

Investigating current practice for managing and treating AMD in Ireland and the UK.


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blind registration in the western world, and the number of people with this condition continues to rise due to the ageing population. AMD destroys central vision and impairs quality of life in the elderly. Current treatment options, while effective in some patients, are costly and present a massive financial challenge for Europe and its healthcare services. There is a clear need, therefore, for attention to be directed towards the prevention or delay of AMD and its progression. The optometrist, who represents the first line of eye care, is uniquely placed to implement such a prevention strategy for AMD. 

This paper reports and discusses findings from an online AMD research survey, designed to investigate current practice for AMD amongst optometric practitioners in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. 

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