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How do you treat age-related macular degeneration?

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  • Treatment depends on the type of age-related macular degeneration, but may include: Injections of medication into the eye -- to prevent the formation of new, leaky blood vessels
  • Laser therapy -- to destroy abnormal blood vessels
  • Photodynamic therapy -- injection of medications that are activated by light exposure
  • Submacular surgery -- to remove blood under the retina, abnormal blood vessels or scar tissue
  • Retinal translocation -- surgical rotation of the damaged retinal tissue away from the macula
  • Low-vision aids -- to help people with partial vision make the most of their remaining vision
  • Vitamins -- to help reduce or delay the risk of severe vision loss

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic: "Eye Care."

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 30, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic: "Eye Care."

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 30, 2019

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