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Immune system could stop AMD

Researchers in Ireland have found that part of the immune system is involved in the development of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and by controlling it, could prevent the progression of the disease.

Using animal and donor human eyes, the team found that the part of the immune system that initiates the inflammatory response in cells leading to conditions like AMD (the fantastically named ‘inflammasome’) could be controlled and doing so prevented the progression of dry AMD to wet AMD.

This opens up a whole new avenue of potential treatment options for AMD. Currently dry AMD can be influenced by nutritional supplements whilst wet AMD requires injections of special types of drugs known as anti-VEGF.

At cameron optometry, we really know our stuff when it comes to AMD and we have the most advanced macular scanning OCT available to give you the most accurate assessment of your macula particularly if you have a family history of AMD.

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