Patient Resources //
Sometimes we can use terms, or describe conditions with complicated wording. In order to help you understand what your consultation meant, or diagnosis we have put together some useful descriptions.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)?
The centre of the retina at the back of the eye is known as the macula. Damage in this area will affect the centre of your vision.
There are two types of ARMD. About 80 - 90% are the dry form, where waste material builds up, usually causing relatively small, slow changes.
In the wet form, abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the retina. This can cause significant loss of vision, but is more amenable to treatment if caught early.
With OCT, you can clearly distinguish between the wet and dry forms.
What does Astigmatism mean?
Astigmatism is where the eye is not uniform in its shape – it’s more oval, rather than spherical.
Astigmatism can be corrected with spectacles, where the spectacle lens is shaped to match the eye’s astigmatism. It can also be corrected with specialised contact lenses, known as “toric” lenses.
Small amounts of astigmatism may not need correcting at all.