Written by Keith Davis
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Topics: Medical, NHS, Blind

Saturday, 23 December 2006

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At £1m, it's a bitter pill to swallow

A new drug has been invented and while it is proven to counteract a condition which can lead to blindness, the drugs are very expensive and they may not be available on the NHS.

This condition is named "age-related macular degeneration" but it has been given the nickname AMD. It usually attacks people over the age of 50 and the symptoms can be terrible.

People who get this illness can miss out on everyday things like reading the newspaper and driving a car (The Spoof advises you don't do these at the same time). Once the disease hits you, your vision will be gone forever.

A girl from a hospital in Belfast got AMD and her vision was decreasing quickly. Luckily they got her on these drugs and her vision is once again good. She stated: "I can see better. I can read a little bit more than I could. My eyesight has improved greatly. It's remarkable, I am absolutely thrilled with it."

Still, this condition reeks havoc through many people's lives, taking away their sight which may never come back but at least this new drug is a start.

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