SOLIHULL Hospital has opened a new treatment room dedicated to fighting the region’s leading cause of visual impairment.
The room will treat patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) a condition affecting more than 350 people over 65 in the West Midlands every year.
Jane Waller, senior sister in the ophthalmology department, said: “The new room has increased the department’s capacity, providing a more efficient and convenient service for our patients. It means patients will be able to be treated right here in ophthalmology rather than having to go elsewhere in the hospital. The room will also shorten waiting times and help meet the increasing demand for this service.”
The ophthalmology department treats around 200 new patients per year with AMD which is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. The condition is caused by the growth of abnormal blood vessels which leak causing damage to the sensitive layer at the back of the eye.
Jane’s tips for healthy eyes include maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a balanced and nutritious diet.