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Is there surgery for age-related macular degeneration?

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These surgical treatments are considered experimental and are used less often since anti-angiogenic medications became available.

  • Submacular surgery removes the abnormal blood vessels or blood.
  • Retinal translocation destroys abnormal blood vessels that are located directly under the center of the macula, where a laser beam can't be used safely. The macular center is rotated away from the abnormal blood vessels to a healthy area of the retina, which prevents the formation of scar tissue and further damage to the retina. Then a laser can be used to treat 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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