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What are experimental treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

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  • Researchers are studying new treatments for macular degeneration. The following treatments are considered experimental and have been used less often since the development of anti-angiogenic medications have developed: Submacular surgery. Surgery to remove the abnormal blood vessels or blood.
  • Retinal translocation. A surgical procedure used to destroy abnormal blood vessels that are located directly under the center of the macula, where a laser beam cannot be placed safely. In this procedure, the macular center is rotated away from the abnormal blood vessels to a healthy area of the retina, thus preventing the formation of scar tissue and further damage to the retina. Once moved away from the abnormal blood vessels, a laser is used to treat the abnormal blood vessels.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

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SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

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