AMD Treatment Options

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, you may be wondering what your treatment options are. There are two types of AMD – wet and dry. While there is no cure for either type, treatment options are available to manage your symptoms and protect your vision.

Early detection and treatment are important in managing AMD. If you have vision concerns, call 800.922.0000 to schedule an appointment today.

The power of antioxidants

Certain vitamins and minerals, such as antioxidants and zinc, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, can help slow the progression of macular degeneration. Antioxidants shown to be effective in slowing the progression of AMD cannot be obtained through your diet alone. These vitamins and minerals are recommended in specific daily amounts as supplements to a healthy, balanced diet.

Supplements for AMD

If you have intermediate dry AMD in one or both eyes, or advanced AMD in one eye, special dietary supplements called AREDS 2 may help slow down vision loss. The AREDS 2 supplements include vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C and E and zinc.

An older formulation of these supplements, called AREDS, includes beta-carotene. Beta carotene can increase the risk of lung cancer in current or former smokers. AREDS 2 supplements have lutein and zeaxanthin instead, which do not increase the risk of lung cancer in these groups.

Your doctor can help you understand the risks, benefits and determine which supplements are right for you.

Treatments for wet AMD

The most common treatment for wet macular degeneration is anti-VEGF injections. These drugs help prevent further vision loss by causing the abnormal blood vessels to go away. Patients with wet macular degeneration generally need injections monthly or every two months.

Treatments for end-stage AMD

The end stage of dry and wet macular degeneration is called geographic atrophy. In geographic atrophy, permanent and irreversible damage to the macula has occurred. The FDA recently approved pegcetacoplan (SYFOVRE) and avacincaptad pegol intravitreal solution (IZERVAY) to slow the rate of progression of geographic atrophy. Talk with your doctor to determine if either medication is an option.

How do I live with vision loss from AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration can result in severe loss of central vision. If you have already lost some of your vision due to AMD, your doctor may refer you to the Low Vision Clinic at the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation. Using the latest advances in technology and training, our skilled physicians and therapists will develop a personalized program to help you maximize your remaining vision.

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