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Living with AMD – the leading cause of sight loss in over 50s in Ireland

Mary Rose Stauder, who is in her 60s, enjoys an active, independent life. Originally from the United States, Mary Rose has lived in Ireland with her husband for more than 30 years; they have one daughter.

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‘The threat of sight loss makes us all anxious’

I am an eye doctor and surgeon specialising in eye problems that involve the retina, the special layer at the back of the eye that turns light into electricity inside the eye. This electrical signal goes down the eye nerve to the brain, where it evokes memories at high speed that allow us to see.

The retina is affected by two of the most serious diseases causing sight loss: age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. I also deal with general eye problems such as cataract and glaucoma, two other common eye diseases.

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Over-50s told to get eye test 'every two years' to detect issues earlier

A leading consultant is encouraging the over-50s to book an eye test every two years and to report drastic changes in vision within a week, or risk losing their sight.

Mark Cahill, an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and Beacon Hospital, both in Dublin, said as the population lives for longer, the issue should be a concern for all older people.

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Ophthalmologists keen to see eye to eye on laser surgery

The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the recognised training and professional body for eye doctors in Ireland, has expressed concern about what it regards as the continuing commercialisation of ophthalmology, particularly in the area of laser eye surgery.

During its agm, which will be held in Limerick this week, the college will announce details of a major policy meeting that will tackle the lack of regulations in medical advertising in Ireland.

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