Improving Patient Management Pathways in Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss in older Australians, affecting 1 in 8 people aged over 50 years. In AMD, damage occurs to the macula, the small area of the retina that relates to central vision (essential for reading, face recognition etc).
In the past decade, enormous advances have been made in both research and clinical practice for AMD. This includes the development of new classification schemes, a better understanding of disease prognosis and expected progression, and new treatments.
In conjunction with Prof Robyn Guymer (Centre for Eye Research Australia), a world-leading AMD expert, we are working on improved ways to translate these research findings to eyecare practitioners and patients. Recently, we have published an online course on AMD, which is suitable for optometrists, ophthalmologists, nurses and general practitioners. https://mdhs-study.unimelb.edu.au/short-courses/mms-short-courses/age-related-macular-degeneration-for-primary-eyecare-practitioners/course-structure