Macular Degeneration Screening
Our Premium examination includes digital retinal photography, so that all aspects of your eye health can be examined in detail, including looking for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
We have now upgraded our camera to be able to offer a more detailed assessment of the macula (the central area of the retina), in order to monitor the progression of AMD or to assess your individual risk of developing the condition.
The body has a natural defence mechanism to protect the centre of vision from developing AMD. A natural pigmented layer in the centre of your retina protects against blue light and also mops up free radicals (destructive body cells), both of which can be damaging to the retina. Protective pigments in this area come from your diet and specifically the “5 a day” that health experts often talk about.
As we get older, our pigment will decline and place us more at risk, so having subsequent checks with our new upgraded retinal camera will measure the density levels of your macular pigment, to help monitor if you are at risk. Those people with low macular density are more at risk of developing AMD, but we can advise you on how to boost these levels.
For most accurate macular pigment density (MPD) measurements a dilated pupil is required, so we may need to instill an eyedrop before using the camera.
A private fee will be charged for Macular Degeneration Screening – please see our fees and charges or ask reception staff for more information.