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PUBLISHED: 14:43 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:43 17 January 2018

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Pictured left to right is Ben Burton, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Muhammad Raja, Consultant Ophthalmologis, and Tom Butler, Consultant Ophthalmologist and clinical lead for the JPUH’s Eye Department.
Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUH

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Pictured left to right is Ben Burton, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Muhammad Raja, Consultant Ophthalmologis, and Tom Butler, Consultant Ophthalmologist and clinical lead for the JPUH’s Eye Department. Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUH

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A new service to treat an eye condition that is the most common cause of blindness has been launched in Waveney.

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic.
Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUHThe James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic. Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUH

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Wet AMD causes a rapid loss of vision if it is not treated and new eye clinic facilities have been created at the hospital to help meet growing demand.

The facilities, which include a treatment room where patients can receive injections into the eyeball to combat wet AMD, provide a service closer to home for residents in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and the Waveney Valley.

JPUH consultant ophthalmologist Professor Ben Burton, who specialises in the treatment, said that the injections were helping save patients’ sight.

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic.
Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUHThe James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic. Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUH

He said: “Since these injections were introduced, we have seen rates of blindness halve, which is amazing.”

More than 2,000 patients are currently receiving the injections at the JPUH’s eye clinic – with three new patients being referred for the treatment every week.

Consultant ophthalmologist Tom Butler, who has overseen the creation of the new facilities, said they represented a significant expansion of the eye services offered at Beccles.

He said: “We now have a treatment suite which has been purpose-built and its high specification means we can offer the wet AMD treatment and not just consultation, which we have been doing at the Beccles site now for 15 years. This is an exciting development which is increasing the accessibility of a sight-saving procedure, carried out in new, modern facilities.”

The James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic.
Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUHThe James Paget University Hospitals’ ophthalmology team is now performing a procedure at Beccles Hospital, which combats the effects of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The facilities at the Beccles eye clinic. Pictures: Courtesy of the JPUH

Cath Byford, director of commissioning with NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to work with our partners at James Paget University Hospital to begin offering these vital injections closer to home. Providing this important service at Beccles Hospital means that fewer patients will need to travel to the main hospital campus in Gorleston to receive treatment, in turn bringing added convenience and improving their experience when receiving care.”

The facilities include a consultation room which has a new state-of-the-art eye scanner, funded by the Friends of Beccles Hospital.

What is Wet AMD?

Wet AMD affects the macular, which is the central part of the retina that allows people to see by detecting light.

It is caused by scar tissue which is created as part of an out of control healing process when tiny blood vessels grow and leak at the back of the eye.

Symptoms include distortion of vision, which means that straight lines look bent, and leads to blindness within five years without the injection treatment, which only became available 10 years ago.

JPUH consultant ophthalmologist Professor Ben Burton, who specialises in the treatment of AMD, said that the injections were helping save patients’ sight when previously they would have gone blind.

He said: “AMD tends to affect older patients, who may need treatment for the rest of their lives once the condition is diagnosed – and with a population that is ageing, demand is only going to increase.”

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