Mr Nicholas Beare appointed to the NICE AMD Clinical Guidelines Development Committee

The Liverpool Eye Clinic is a team of specialist ophthalmologists based at Spire One Penny Lane Clinic. The team of senior eye surgeons specialise in all areas of ophthalmology and are national leaders in their fields and as a result are often invited to teach, give talks and develop new guidlines for the treatment of many eye conditions.

Mr Nicholas Beare has recently been appointed to the NICE AMD Clinical Guidelines Development Committee. The role will involve looking at many aspects in the current care pathways for AMD. So what is AMD and how will this work improve patient care?

Nick explains "age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition affecting older people. It affects the central retina, or macula at the back of the eye which picks up the light and forms an image. It starts with wear and tear changes with mild visual symptoms but can progress to visual loss either from progressive degeneration (dry AMD) or from new blood vessel growth (wet AMD). Treatment for wet AMD involves regular injections into the eye with local anaesthetic and a very fine needle! The injected medicines shutdown the abnormal blood vessels and stop them causing further damage. Once there is wet AMD, the earlier this treatment is started  the better for the eventual visual outcome."

"As well as looking at the cost-effectiveness of individual medicines, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also makes guidelines to help doctors and patients use the most effective treatments in the best way possible. The AMD guidelines will take over two years to develop but will provide comprehensive national guidelines for this condition. It will include how patients should be supported through their diagnosis and treatment, and how patients with visual loss can be helped to keep independent and maximizing their potential."

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