Age-Related Macular Degeneration
There are two types of macular degeneration, dry & wet.
Dry macular degeneration does not leak under the retina. There is no definite treatment apart from antioxidant vitamins. Dry may cause loss of reading visions and central vision.
Wet macular degeneration is due to abnormal blood vessels growing at the macula. Quite quickly it can cause leakage and bleeding under the retina. Rapid loss of vision and blindness can also be caused.
Eylea (aflibercept), Lucentis (ranibizumab) or Avastin (bebacizumab) are anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs. They have shown substantial success in treating age related macular degeneration. They act by preventing the growth of abnormal blood vessels and avoid leakage of these blood vessels.
At Rockhampton Eye Clinic all of the doctors are experienced is using injection treatment. A topical and local anaesthetic is used during the outpatient procedure and therefore the injection should have minimal pain. The patient can leave the clinic straight to rest at home.
The injection may cause some irritation for one or two days which is to be expected. The patient may experience tearing and redness in the eye. Please contact Rockhampton Eye Clinic if the patient feels persistent pain, vision loss or signs of infection. This will require urgent treatment.