AMD Alliance Issues Global Call to Action to Improve Care of Patients with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Developed World
In New York this week the AMD Alliance International (AMDAI) issued a global call to action to the vision care community, to ensure appropriate access to care for patients living with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition where new blood vessels grow into the back of the eye, seriously damaging vision, and to support ongoing research for improved treatment options. The global call to action stems from a pending report that underscores the need to recognize wet AMD as a chronic disease, and the significant emotional, physical and economic burden associated with treating the disease as an acute condition.
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and is twice as prevalent as Alzheimer's disease, affecting approximately 30 million people worldwide.
Globally, the cost of visual impairment due to AMD in 2010 is estimated at $343 billion.
(info from Marketwire)