Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an often a hereditary disease (runs in families) that comes in two forms: wet or dry macular degeneration. AMD causes a decline in your ability to focus on fine details. This makes reading, watching television and distinguishing images close up more difficult.
Dry macular degeneration involves poor eyesight accompanied with a thin retina in the macular region. There is currently no cure for the dry form of macular degeneration, but the Age- Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the National Eye Institute, has found vitamins and antioxidants that slow the progression of the disease.
Wet macular degeneration involves a more noticeable vision change. Excess blood vessels accumulate in your macula and overflow into the retinal tissue. Wet macular degeneration can be treated with Anti-VEGF injections in the vitreous, which helps slow and sometimes stop the macular degeneration process. Anti-VEGF has resulted in maintaining improved vision and completely restoring vision for some patients.
Our physicians carry the latest Anti-VEGF treatments such as Macugen©, Avastin©, Lucentis© and Eylea© and are dedicated to continuously searching for current indications, as well as future treatments. Please contact us to learn more about macular degeneration and how we can help you or your family.