Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – patient information to assist informed consent

This RANZCO patient education pamphlet provides information on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The topics discussed include:

-   Normal anatomy of the eye
-   Macular degeneration
-   Early AMD and late AMD (dry AMD and wet AMD)
-   Diagnosing AMD, optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography

This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients with wet AMD as the treatment options are discussed in detail. The non-surgical treatment options discussed include anti-VEGF drugs and vitamin and mineral treatments. The surgical treatment options discussed are photodynamic therapy (PDT) and laser photocoagulation. The possible complications of treatment for AMD are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 16 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology patient information brochures. Age-related macular degeneration is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RANZCO patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.