Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)

Summary

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of severe visual loss in people over 60 years.

The macula is essential for reading, watching TV and distance vision.  In ARMD the macular which is the small central part of the retina deteriorates painlessly with age.

There are two types of degeneration, dry or wet.  Early on there may be no symptoms but retinal changes can be detected by examination of the retina.  Of particular value is a new test called Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT).

The “wet” variety of ARMD responds best to treatment.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

Current therapy can be undertaken as an outpatient procedure and involves a variety of injections in the back of the eye.  The medication is injected using a very fine needle following local anaesthetic eye drops so that this procedure doesn’t hurt.  Most patients tolerate this procedure very well with minimal discomfort.

 In the wet form there is usually significant improvement in clarity of vision within 1 – 2 months however your sight will not be restored completely and not everyone will see an improvement.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

Our Consultants

  • Miss Mahboub Hawkes

    DO (Dublin, London), MD, FRCS, FRCOphth

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Cataract Surgery
    • Dermal fillers
    • Wrinkle relaxing injections
  • Mr Moloy Dey Consultant Opthalmologist

    Mr Moloy Dey

    BSc. MB.ChB. FRCOphth, P.G Dip Med Ed, FHEA

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)
    • Cataract Surgery