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What are some experimental treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

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Some experimental methods to treat age-related macular degeneration include:

  • Submacular surgery. A surgeon removes your abnormal blood vessels, scar tissue, or blood.
  • Retinal translocation. It's a procedure that destroys abnormal blood vessels in your eye that are directly under the center of your macula. That's a spot that your doctor can't safely get to with a laser beam. During a retinal translocation, your doctor rotates the macular center away from the abnormal blood vessels. Once the macular center is out of harm's way, your doctor treats the abnormal blood vessels with a laser.

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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