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What is the cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

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There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but there are options that may slow the progression of wet macular degeneration, such as:

  • Anti-VEGF treatment limits growth of new blood vessels in the eye that can threaten vision.
  • Thermal laser treatment uses heat to disrupt the disease.
  • Photodynamic therapy destroys blood vessels in the eye that are leaking and damaging vision. Your doctor may recommend you take certain vitamins and minerals -- including zinc, vitamins C and E, and lutein and zeaxanthin -- in specific doses to slow down AMD when it’s still in its early stages.

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

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

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

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

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

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