Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Treatment Overview
There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but certain treatments may delay vision loss.
Your doctor can refer you to counselors who
specialize in helping people adjust to living with low vision.
Follow your doctor's advice for having
regular exams and for watching the condition at home (such as using an
Amsler grid ), because dry AMD can sometimes develop into wet AMD.
Vitamins and diet changes may help slow vision loss. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Treatment for wet AMD can sometimes slow down or delay further damage to your
central vision. But in most cases, growth of fragile
new blood vessels in wet AMD starts again. And even repeated treatment is usually not
effective over the long term in preventing some loss of central vision.
- Injected medicines, which may help slow vision loss.
- Laser surgery, which uses an intense beam of light to burn small areas of the retina
and the abnormal blood vessels beneath the macula.
- Photodynamic therapy, which uses a light-sensitive medicine to block abnormal blood vessels beneath the macula.
Because wet AMD often causes rapid and severe loss of central vision, it
is important not to delay treatment if your doctor recommends it.