What Costs are Involved?
All eye examinations are FREE, within specific time intervals, as funded by NHS Scotland. MPOD Screening Costs £35 for an initial visit and no charge for reviews if supplements are purchased using bulk buy or direct debit ; For vitamin supplements we have introduced a three price structure:
- a) Bulk Buy. Buy 6 packets of tablets get 1 packet FREE ((i.e. £19×6 = £114, SAVE £19)
- b) Set up a direct debit. This costs £17 per month (Ie normal price £18 per month, SAVE £24 per year). Six months supply of tablets will be given at one time to avoid running out of date and just before your next 6 months batch is due we will contact you.
- c) Purchase individual boxes. This is the most expensive option and costs £19 per box.
Note: Vitamin Supplement can be collected at Mackie Opticians or sent in the post.
What is Macular Pigment?
Macular pigment is a yellow substance located in the middle of the light sensitive retina at the back of the eye. It acts as “natures own sunglasses” filtering out harmful blue light radiation. If its density is reduced below age-norm, radiation damage occurs starting AMD. However, the density of the macular pigment can be improved to age-norm by taking specific vitamin supplements.
Low Vision Clinics
Mackie Opticians in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire can provide AMD patients with access to FREE low vision aids, as funded by the Scottish Government.
These can be either special spectacles, magnifiers, lighting and electronic devices to provide vision for tasks patients cannot achieve with conventional spectacles such as watching TV, reading, viewing outside signs, seeing price labels, etc.
What do I do Next?
Contact your nearest practice to arrange an appointment to discuss AMD with Dr Mackie. This may result in an eye examination and/or digital photography of the back of the eye and/or a MPOD measurement and risk evaluation and/or provision of magnifiers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who should be screened for AMD?
A. Any patients over 40 years of age with any risk factors as previously outlined
Q. How long does the MPOD test take and are there any restrictions?
A. The test takes about 5 mins per eye and there are no restrictions except very poor vision preventing the patient viewing the flickering lights.
Q. Will taking Nutrof Total affect any other medication taken?
A. No. However we advise discussion with your GP before beginning treatment if you have any liver disease.
Q.Can I get Nutrof Total on prescription?
A. No these are not available from the NHS.
Q. IsNutrof Total safe to use if I am a smoker?
A. Yes, Nutrof Total is safe as it does not contain vitamin A or beta-caroten.
Q. How long do I need to take Nutrof Total?
A. MPOD measurements will be repeated every 6 months until Macular Pigment Density level is normal for your age. However, maintenance of this level is usually lifelong, similar to cholesterol or blood pressure medication. Dr Mackie will advise you.
Q. Is there anything else I can do?
A. Eat a diet rich in fruit and green vegetables (eg broccoli, spinach) and oily fish (eg mackeral, tuna) Stop smoking as this is a significant risk factor, but can be drastically reduced after 5 years of non-smoking. Get a yearly eye examination.