How to Treat Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration and AMD, affects approximately 9.1 million Americans over the age of 40. By 2050, it is expected to increase to almost 18 million. At Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas, we recommend that you schedule an eye exam appointment with our optometrists if you notice any vision changes. With early detection, we can ensure you receive the appropriate treatment to preserve your sight and reduce the progression of the disease.
Macular Degeneration Treatment Options
While there is no cure, there are a number of treatment methods that can help improve your vision and delay its progression. Depending on the severity of the condition, our optometry professionals may suggest one of the following options:
Anti-Angiogenic Drugs- Some patients have found success with eye injections of anti-angiogenic medication. The purpose is to stop leakage from abnormal blood vessels and halt the growth of new vessels. While this treatment typically requires multiple visits, some patients have successfully regained some vision lost from AMD.
Laser Therapy- High-energy laser light can be used to eradicate abnormal blood vessels, blocking them from future growth.
Photodynamic Laser Therapy- This treatment is done in two stages. First, the eye doctor injects a medication into the bloodstream which is then absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the eye. A laser is then directed into the eye, activating the medication and damaging the abnormal vessels.
Vitamins and Nutrition- A recent study has reveal that including supplements like beta-carotene, zinc, copper, and vitamins C and E can help reduce the risk of vision loss. Work closely with your optometrist to determine if these vitamins can help slow down the progression of this insidious condition.