Age-related macular degeneration


Khandhadia, Sam, Cherry, Jocelyn and Lotery, Andrew J. (2012) Age-related macular degeneration. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 724, 15-36. (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-0653-2). (PMID:22411231).

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Description/Abstract

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the developed world. Despite recent advances in treatment, AMD causes considerable morbidity. For the non-ophthalmologist, a brief background on retinal structure is provided, followed by a description of the characteristic changes seen in AMD. Subsequently the typical clinical features of AMD are discussed with an outline of present management, followed by the current theories of AMD pathogenesis. The similarities between AMD and another neurodegenerative disease are then highlighted. Finally, we review the on-going clinical trials of potential treatments for the future. Since it is clear that multiple risk factors are involved in the pathogenesis of AMD, a multi-faceted approach will most likely be required in order to prevent further patients progressing to blindness as a result of this devastating condition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Infection, Inflammation and Immunity
ePrint ID: 338837
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 15:20
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338837

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