Eye Patients To Be Treated Earlier

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has cleared the way for eye patients to be treated on the NHS before they have to stop driving.
The recommendation, which has been included in the new Clinical Guideline on the diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently, AMD patients with vision better than the legal driving limit are unable to receive treatment on the NHS, as their eyesight is deemed ‘too good to treat’.
However, evidence highlighted in the Guideline has shown that treating patients with the ‘wet’ form of the condition earlier can be clinically and cost effective.“The Guideline also emphasises that wet AMD patients need to be treated urgently and early to preserve their vision. Delays in treatment that currently affect many thousands of patients are unacceptable.”
The Guideline also includes recommendations on non-drug strategies to manage AMD, such as group-based rehabilitation programmes.

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