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How is photodynamic laser therapy used to treat age-related macular degeneration?

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Photodynamic laser therapy is a two-step treatment that uses a light-sensitive drug to damage your abnormal blood vessels.

Your doctor injects a medication into your bloodstream, which gets absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in your eye. Next, your doctor shines a laser into the eye to activate the drug, which damages the abnormal blood vessels.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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