Blind Veterans UK responds to NICE’s updated guidelines on AMD

25 January 2018 14:00

This January NICE published new guidelines on age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Responding to NICE guidelines [NG82], published in January 2018, Dr. Renata Gomes, Head of Research at Blind Veterans UK said:

“We know that more than a half of our beneficiaries lost their sight due to AMD and so we welcome the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s new guidelines on age-related macular degeneration. We believe that faster diagnosis could allow for early interventions which may retain patients’ sight for longer.

We are pro-actively searching for early stage AMD medical interventions through our Action Against Age Related Macular Degeneration initiative and we believe that an early diagnosis will be crucial for any new treatment we discover.

"Although there is still no cure for AMD yet, the scientific community agree that early rehab and training shows a very positive impact in patient’s well-being and independence."

Fortunately, those who have served our country in any period or circumstance and lost their sight due to AMD or any other cause can already benefit from the lifelong support at Blind Veterans UK.”

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for ex-Service men and women with severe sight loss. We provide blind and vision-impaired veterans with the free services and lifelong practical and emotional support they need to lead full and independent lives.

Our veterans range from ex-Service men and women who have lost their sight to age-related conditions such as glaucoma and AMD, to veterans injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military conflicts. 

If you would like further information please contact Renata Gomes at Blind Veterans UK, by emailing