AMD increases risk of stroke

People with AMD are at a increased risk of having a stroke, new research has suggested.

Following over 12,000 patients over 13 years, the study found that those with any AMD were about 50% more likely to have a stroke than others even adjusting for other factors.

New AMD treatments called Anti VEGF drugs like Lucentis and Avastin are thought to increase risk of stroke in themselves but this latest research finds people with AMD are already at an increased risk and treating AMD could potentially increase the risk.

There were some limitations with the study and further research is needed.

New glasses to help stroke victims

Israeli-developed spectacles costing around £1,600 per pair are being used to help stroke victims walk again.

They work by projecting an image of a tiled black and white floor into the corner of each eyepiece – the images appear to move towards the patient as their body advances prompting the brain to send signals to nerves in the legs and feet.

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