Wet AMD Treatment: Eye Injections
If you are suffering from Wet AMD, your medical provider may recommend injections of medication into the eye. As mentioned earlier, in Wet AMD, bad blood vessels cause fluid to leak into the retina. The medication contains a molecule called ‘anti-VEGF’ that works to remove the fluid. VEGF stands for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and is a signaling molecule in our body that tells our body to promote the growth of new blood vessels. When the medication anti-VEGF is injected, we attempt to reverse this signal and stop the blood vessels from leaking.
Patients who receive these injections usually need them over longer periods of time as the medication wears off with a couple months. That’s why you may hear of friends or family who receive eye injections on a continued interval.
Dry AMD Treatment: Eye Vitamins
A clinical trial research study conducted by the National Eye Institute titled Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (also known as AREDS2) concluded that oral supplementation of specific dosages of vitamins and minerals can help slow the progression of macular degeneration.
An eye vitamin, called AREDS2, is sold over-the-counter. If you have AMD, it is recommended you take this vitamin twice per day. It includes a specific dosage of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, and Copper, that was shown to slow the progression of Dry AMD.
It is important to note that the AREDS2 study was only shown to slow the progression, not to reverse AMD. Furthermore, the vitamins were only demonstrated to work in patients who had an active Dry AMD diagnosis, not for patients that have a family history of AMD. These vitamins were not shown to prevent getting AMD.
Many patients who receive a new macular degeneration diagnosis are often very concerned that they will go totally blind. AMD rarely progresses to this, and even in severe cases of AMD, peripheral vision typically remains intact. It takes on average about 10 years to lose vision with AMD. With proper diagnosis and treatment, however, we can combat any vision loss from occurring beforehand.
Please consult a physician with regards to driving or operating machinery if you have AMD as it can sometimes become unsafe to do so, or your vision may not meet legal driving requirements.
Next Steps – Contact us Today!
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact our office in Venice, Florida today! Dr. Anita Shane is a macular degeneration specialist trained at the top eye program in America, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She will ensure that you receive the proper treatment to fit your needs.
If you have a family history of AMD or are at a higher risk of developing AMD, please do not delay in receiving a dilated eye examination. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important in managing macular degeneration. Our office is available to address any questions or concerns – please contact us today!