AREDS Formula Vitamins
The large-scale Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that high levels of vitamins and zinc may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 25 percent. The AREDS and AREDS2 formulations do not require a prescription and currently are the only treatment available for dry macular degeneration.
Medications that block or inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have proven effective at limiting the growth of new blood vessels and diminishing their injury to the retina. Monthly injections in or around the eye may prevent vision loss from wet macular degeneration.
A dye is injected into your arm to make abnormal blood vessels in your eye sensitive to light. A low-power laser (“cold” laser) is then used to activate the dye, sealing off leaking blood vessels associated with wet macular degeneration.
A long-acting, anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the white portion of your eye to decrease blood vessel growth and reduce retinal swelling.
A high-powered laser (“hot” laser) sears leaking, abnormal blood vessels associated with wet macular degeneration. May be used when the abnormal vessels are outside the center of the macula.
Macular Translocation Surgery
Lifts the macula away from underlying blood vessels and moves it to a new, healthier location to restore central vision.