We recruited 18 individuals (8 female and 10 male) who had significant central vision loss
caused by AMD from among participants enrolled in a reading rehabilitation program that aimed to improve reading speed in those with AMD .
A systematic review of literature evaluating EV and SES techniques was undertaken by Cardiff University for the Macular Society in August 2012 and highlighted that these interventions can improve reading ability and the capacity for participants with central vision loss
to perform a wide range of daily living activities.
Systematic scanning strategies should be taught to all individuals with central vision loss
and those with peripheral vision loss, so as to allow objects to be located faster and more efficiently.
The chairman of the scientific committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Winfried Amoaku, added: "Research studies around the world have shown that eccentric viewing, though a relatively new phenomenon, can help some patients with central vision loss
to cope with everyday tasks such as identifying coins while out shopping, watching television and reading the time.
According to the experts, when people with central vision loss
look directly at an object it may disappear, go faint, blur or distort.
Everybody with central vision loss
should be able to access holistic rehabilitation and low vision services, that includes or links with training about eccentric viewing and steady eye techniques if they choose," she said.
Wet AMD causes sudden and severe central vision loss
and accounts for approximately 90 percent of all blindness in the elderly.
Peripheral vision remains unaffected but central vision loss
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that is the leading cause of blindness and central vision loss
among adults over the age of 65.
Clinical service of the year' is an award for medical staff, teams or services which provide diagnosis or treatment for macular disease, and which demonstrate exceptionally good practice in the care of people with central vision loss
A missed conversion can lead to delayed therapeutic intervention and the potential for irreversible central vision loss
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss
We're delighted that the Clinical Commissioning Group and the hospitals involved have come up with a solution that will help hundreds of people with central vision loss