Macular Degeneration Treatment

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has shown that the use of high concentration of specific vitamins and minerals may help in preventing intermediate AMD progressing to advanced stage.

The AREDS formulation is not a cure for AMD and it will not restore lost vision, rather it is intended to slow the rate of visual loss. Your eye specialist can advise you if this is appropriate for you.

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“Dry” AMD:
Treatment in the case of dry AMD is aimed at delaying the progress of the disease. An Amsler Grid is used as a tool for identifying changes in your macula.

While not a treatment for the disease, there are recent new developments in restoring vision to patients with AMD.
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“Wet” AMD:
Wet AMD may be treated with laser to cauterise abnormal, leaking blood vessels. The position and extent of the vessels will determine whether or not laser is appropriate.

More recently medications such as Avastin and Lucentis have been used to treat wet AMD. They are administered by injection into the back of the eye under local anaesthesia. While the principal aim of treatment is to prevent further loss of vision, it is quite common for vision to improve. Multiple injections are typically required. Your eye specialist can advise you if this is appropriate for you.

There is a new organisation developed to undertake research into Macular Degeneration, and provide information and education for people suffering from this disease.

http://www.mdnz.co.nz