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January 5, 2012

Research into Age-Related Macular Degeneration

We are very excited to launch our second DVD, which follows the story of Sarah Nelson, a patient of the hospital, living with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The DVD tracks Sarah’s journey from being diagnosed with AMD to her participation in research trials being led by Professor Robyn Guymer, Head of the Centre for Eye Research Australia’s Macular Research Unit.

Sarah says that when she was first diagnosed with AMD she was devastated.

“I saw an eye specialist and he said that I had a shadow in my eye and to come back and see him in a couple of years as there was nothing he could do, she explains.

“The thought of not seeing my grandchildren grow up and missing all of those entertaining little bits was too much.

Sarah is part of a clinical trial being run at the Eye and Ear, as part of a large multi-centred and international clinical trial looking at new treatments for AMD.

One of Sarah’s eyes is also being effectively managed by the injectable drug, Lucentis that was first trialled by Professor Guymer at the hospital in 2004 and is now widely available throughout Australia.

Sarah was thrilled to share her story and participate in the research trials. “Robyn is the real star here, she says.

Video is a powerful way to tell a patient’s story. We hope to continue to add to our series of DVDs and share the work done at the Eye and Ear with other patients and the community.

You can check out Sarah's story here.