We are delighted to have been asked to participate in a new national research project which looks at the follow up of patients who have been treated for ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Patients who have had treatment for the condition have been traditionally followed up in a hospital clinic. The project which is in partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, will see if follow up by accredited specialist community optometrists matches the quality of care provided in a hospital clinic.
This new area of work is a natural fit with our current NHS community ophthalmology partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which was started in 2015. Patients previously seen in hospital for many eye conditions such as glaucoma, are now attending the Wetherby Eye Clinic.
Specialist optometrists Ann Barrett and Paul Appleson are undergoing further advanced training from City University in London, to become accredited for the research project. It is hoped that in the future, patients treated for wet AMD in Leeds, Harrogate or York could be monitored in the practice.