There are several new treatment options for macular degeneration, that are available either commercially, or in the stage of clinical testing. This article outlines what you need to know!
In the video below, Dr. Omar Punjabi discusses the newest treatment options available for those with macular degeneration.
If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.
Dry macular degeneration treatments
Unfortunately, once it develops, dry macular degeneration has no currently available treatment.
However, there are exciting new injectable drugs in the phase of clinical research testing. These drugs regulate the complement system in the eye. This system is predominantly thought to be responsible for the development and progression of dry macular degeneration.
There are other drugs in testing as well. If any of these treatments work, they will be a game changer in the field of retinal diseases.
Note: To prevent the initial development of dry macular degeneration, I highly recommend protecting your eyes from long-term UV sun exposure, eating a diet high in vitamins, and not smoking.
Wet macular degeneration treatments
On the other hand, for wet macular degeneration, there are exciting drugs and implants that block a molecule called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). This molecule leads to vision-threatening complications in the retina.
Currently, the commercially available anti-VEGF treatment agents include:
Fortunately, all of these have excellent success rates for treatment of wet macular degeneration and have saved vision in a lot of patients!
Lastly, a new device, currently being tested in clinical trials, is surgically implanted and is long lasting. It can potentially provide sustained delivery of medication for up to 6 months and can be refilled in the office.
If you want to learn more about these exciting new treatments, make sure you schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today.