Where can I find out more about research into macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe sight loss in older adults. There are over 600,000 people in the UK with sight loss caused by the two types of macular degeneration and this number is likely to more than double by 2050.

There are currently no treatments for dry macular degeneration, and while there are some treatments by injection for wet macular degeneration this condition continues to have a huge impact on people's sight. However ongoing research to find new and more effective treatments for this condition is being carried out inn various projects throughout the UK. Their goal is for a new treatment for macular degeneration within the next ten years.

For example, Professor Heping Xu at Queens University Belfast is using a range of techniques to understand the underlying molecular reasons for scarring of the retina during macular degeneration, with a view to developing new treatments.

Many of these projects are funded by Fight for Sight and the Macular Society who have also partnered with Blind Veterans and Sight Scotland Veterans (previously Scottish War Blinded) to form Action Against Age-Related Macular Degeneration and together they are funding further research in this area.

Further information can be found on Fight for Sights research into macular degeneration web pages.

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