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(wet) Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

A new eye disease treatment is now available on the NHS here at Broomfield Hospital. Patients in Essex are now able to receive this revolutionary treatment for the eye disease, (wet) Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD).
ARMD is the most common cause of blindness in the UK and this treatment was previously only available privately.  Following the new guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) it states that the treatment for wet ARMD should be provided by all PCT’s at their local hospital, or they should make arrangements for their patients to be treated at an alternative centre, hence this revolutionary service being offered here at Broomfield.
The treatment available at Broomfield Hospital involves injecting the drug Lucentis into the eye which prevents new, weak blood vessels from growing and leaking under the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for central vision, and may even repair some of the damage that has been done to the eye.
The treatment consists of three injections into the eye, one administered each month.  The patient is then regularly monitored to check progress.  They will receive further injections if the vision falls.  This treatment is spread over two years and over the course of the treatment most patients will find their vision stays the same and for some, approximately 30%, it will improve.
Patients requiring this treatment will be referred to Broomfield Hospital by their GP or optician.
Click on the link in the right hand column to listen to the Patient Audio Guide to Lucentis Therapy.

Location : A106

A Patient Audio Guide to Lucentis Therapy

This information is for patients suffering from (wet) Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD).

To listen to this guide, simply click the link below, and press play. The file is quite large, 4.80mb, so please be patient. Download speeds will depend on your Internet connection.

Click Here to listen to the Lucentis Audio Guide.

Useful Information...
  • Patients need to be referred either through their G.P. or Optician.
  • A Clinic diagnostic clinic will be run every Wednesday morning and an injection and follow up clinic every Wednesday afternoon.
  • All new patients will therefore have a one stop clinic, where they have their vision assessed, Fluorescein Angiogram and OCT done. A diagnosis on their condition will then be made. Those needing and meeting criteria for treatment with Lucentis will then receive their injection the same afternoon.
  • Patients coming for follow up injections will come straight to the afternoon clinic.
  • Patients coming for review and possible re-injection will also come only to the afternoon clinic.