Discover The Most Effective Treatments For Macular Degeneration

Discover The Most Effective Treatments For Macular Degeneration

Will I experience further vision loss? Can my condition be treated? What are the special Medicine for Treating Macular Degeneration?

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How is macular degeneration managed or treated?

While macular degeneration currently lacks a cure, initiating treatments in the early stages can decelerate its progression and alleviate symptoms. Despite successful treatments, symptoms may reoccur. Depending on the type of the disease, treatment options encompass nutritional supplements, medications, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and laser therapy.

The Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2) revealed that a blend of vitamins and minerals could potentially impede the advancement of dry AMD. The AREDS supplements consist of the following ingredients: • Vitamin C. • Vitamin E. • Lutein. • Zinc. • Copper. • Zeaxanthin.

Initially, the supplements included the antioxidant beta-carotene, which, however, elevates the risk of lung cancer in both current and former smokers. In the updated version, zeaxanthin and lutein serve as the antioxidants.

While there are drugs available to address wet AMD, it's important to note that they do not provide a cure. One such class of drugs is anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections. These injections work by inhibiting the production of VEGF, a protein responsible for the formation of new blood vessels. Typically administered by a retina specialist, your provider will numb your eye before delivering the injection directly into the vitreous, known as intravitreal injections. In some cases, anti-VEGF injections may lead to improvements in vision.

In photodynamic therapy (PDT), an eye care specialist employs a combination of an injectable light-sensitive drug and a laser to eliminate excess blood vessels in the eye. This treatment may be coupled with anti-VEGF shots.

In laser photocoagulation, a provider utilizes a laser to seal and eliminate leaking blood vessels. This method was initially the primary treatment for wet AMD.While laser photocoagulation and PDT were once common, they are less frequently employed now due to the prevalence of anti-VEGF injections.