Macular Degeneration2020-02-19T16:44:33+00:00

What you need to know about macular degeneration

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Macular degeneration explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about macular degeneration

Macular degeneration affects mostly older people and its incidence increases with age.

About three people per 1000 over the age of 50 will develop macular degeneration.

It’s very rare in young people, and it is usually due to an inherited abnormality.

There are inherited macular degenerations which affect mostly younger people, but these are very rare. Most macular degeneration is categorised as “age-related” meaning that it occurs mainly in older people.

In the age-related group, there are two main types, dry and wet. The wet type is so-called because fluid leaks out of the blood vessels at the macular and this damages vision.

The dry type is characterised by a process best described as “wearing out” of the retinal cells at the macular, so you can no longer see.

The disease is most easily diagnosed by a scanning device which allows detailed visualisation of the retina at the centre of the eye.

You look at a small blue light while we carry out the scan. It is entirely non-invasive and gives a clear view of all the layers of the retina and allows accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. It also allows for careful monitoring of the condition to ensure that treatment has been successful.

Wet macular degeneration is now treatable. Injection of a special drug into the jelly of the eye. Successful treatment usually preserves vision but often has to be repeated many times.

The dry form has currently no treatment but tends to be less damaging.

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“I can’t see as well as I used to, I think there may be a problem…”

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Mr Bolger suggested having cataract surgery on both eyes on the same day and whilst I had concerns, I decided to go ahead. The day after I was able to remove the eye pads and I had perfect vision. I have told many people that it was the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I have needed spectacles or contact lenses since I was 9 years old and now have 20/20 vision with no assistance from spectacles. I would highly recommend the My-iClinic.

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Just discharged after having monovision cataract surgery in both eyes I am delighted with the outcome. I can see both near and far and have been able to dispense with my contact lenses and glasses. I have been well looked after from my first contact. Mr Bolger was very professional and reassuring and I felt at all times that I was in good hands. I cannot fault the whole experience including the charges, which having researched various alternatives, proved to be very reasonable.

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Links to more information about eye conditions…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS has provided an excellent overview of glaucoma, including causes, tests, and treatments. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a walkthrough of a cataract condition with examples of what your vision may look like, as well as treatment options. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a great amount of information regarding macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

For the NHS guide to long-sightedness, click here.

For the NHS guide to short-sightedness, click here.

About the experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

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Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.