Dr. Chris Bergstrom from Emory Eye Center answers a reader’s question about age-related macular degeneration.
Q: What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and are there any new treatments out there that can help?
A: AMD is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in patients over 65. It is classified in two forms, dry or wet AMD. The only proven treatment for dry AMD is antioxidant/mineral supplements. Treatment of the wet for primarily involves injections into the eye to inhibit the growth and leakage of new blood vessels growing under the macula. For patients with severe vision loss, the FDA has recently approved an implantable miniature telescope (IMT) as part of a treatment plan called CentraSight. The telescope is implanted into the eye at the time of cataract surgery and magnifies images for the patient.
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