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Macular Degeneration Treatment

Macular Degeneration Treatment

There is currently no cure for macular degeneration. Macular degeneration treatment options exist that can slow the progress of the disease or improve vision, depending on the type of macular degeneration you are experiencing. To understand the risks and the limitations of all macular degeneration treatments, speak frankly with your eye doctor.

Dry macular degeneration treatment actually begins with routine eye exams, especially after age 60. The goal here is to catch the development of macular degeneration early. If detected, you may be prescribed vitamins that have shown an ability to slow the progression of the disease. The dry form can progress to the wet form and early detection of this fluid is critical to the success of treatment.

Wet macular degeneration (when there is leakage of blood or fluid in the retina) treatment can include a number of options including laser surgery, light-activated dyes that are injected into the circulatory system, or drugs injected directly into the eye that inhibit the growth of abnormal blood vessels that cause the wet form of the disease.

With any macular degeneration treatment, there are no guarantees that the disease can be stopped, no promises that a treatment won’t need to be repeated, and a sobering reminder that vision, once lost, is rarely restored.