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What is Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the loss of vision in the centre of the eye and is caused by the sun’s high-energy, blue light damaging the retinal protective shield, or macula, over time. As the disease progresses, it blurs the patient's central vision – creating the illusion of a ‘hole’ so that they can see a person’s hair and clothes but not their face. 

The macula is the small area at the centre of the retina responsible for central vision. Its role is to filter out harmful blue light before it hits the sensitive rods and cones on the retina. As a person gets older, the risk of AMD increases, particularly when coupled with poor diet, smoking and drinking which can accelerate the onset of the disease.

AMD can take two forms, wet and dry.  Wet AMD is caused by the abnormal growth of blood vessels under the macula. This leads to rapid loss of central vision. Wet AMD is considered to be advanced AMD and is more severe than the dry form. Dry AMD, the more common form, occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down. Untreated dry AMD can progress into wet AMD.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly two million Americans have vision loss from advanced AMD, and another seven million with AMD are at substantial risk for vision loss. It is thought that the AREDS vitamin and mineral formulation could save more than 300,000 people from vision loss over the next five years.

For more information, visit the NEI Website at http://www.nei.nih.gov/.


Our Clinitas range

  • The innovative range of Clinitas products has been developed to target the causes of dry eye and provide lasting relief from its symptoms. The Clinitas dry eye products are recommended by doctors, eye hospitals and opticians and are safe to use with other eye drops and medications. If problems do not improve after five days you should consult a doctor.
  • Clinitas Soother packagingClinitas Soothe - gentle preservative-free eye drop, available 0.4% Sodium Hyaluronate, preservative-free
    eye drop in both a re-sealable unit dose dropper and a 10ml Multi dose bottle which is sterile for up to 3 months, suitable for use with contact

  • Clinitas Hydrate packagingClinitas Hydrate - a gel that increases the tear volume to lubricate and comfort the eye for up to six hours, making it excellent for overnight use and on wakening.

Our Blepha range

  • The Blepharitis Relief Kit includes the BlephaMask, BlephaCura cleansing fluid and BlephaCura Pads, providing everything you need to ease the symptoms of blepharitis.
  • BlephaMask® packagingBlephaMask® - is a high quality eye mask that holds its heat for up to 10 minutes after warming in the microwave. Applying it as a compresses for 7-10 minutes liquifies secretions which can then be removed using the BlephaCura suspension. The BlephaMask also features a temperature indicator on the box to show when the mask is the right temperature for placing over the delicate skin of the eyelids.

  • BlephaCura® packagingBlephaCura® - is a daily eye lid cleanser. It contains liposomes that have been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and irritation of the eyelids and to promote the natural healing process. It is a suspension that can be applied using the BlephaCura Pads. Available as 70ml bottles. Contains Soy lecithin, Vitamin A (palmitate), Vitamin E, Ethanol, Sodium Chlorid, Phenoxythanol, Aqua Purificata.
  • BlephaCura Pads ® - These organic cotton pads are soft and hygienic, ideal for bathing the eye and applying BlephaCura.