Macular Degeneration

Care & Treatment

Dry Macular Degeneration

There are no specific treatments for dry ARMD. People with dry ARMD and large deposits of drusen are at risk for developing wet ARMD. A large study called Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS/AREDS2) showed that a particular combination of high-dose vitamins might help slow or prevent the progression of ARMD in people who already have the disease. These multivitamins are available over the counter. Ask your eye doctor or healthcare provider if you should take these vitamins.

Wet Macular Degeneration

Treatments for wet ARMD may help slow the progression of disease and preserve vision. In some cases, treatment can help restore some loss of vision.

Medications

  • Several medications that block the growth of the abnormal blood vessels in wet ARMD can help preserve and in some cases recover vision. These medications are injected into the eye, usually every 4 weeks.
  • Special multivitamins for eye health may help prevent further vision loss in people with wet ARMD.

Therapies

  • Photodynamic therapy uses a light-activated medication to close the abnormal blood vessels in the eye.
  • Photocoagulation uses a high-energy laser to seal off the abnormal blood vessels in the eye.

 

Last Updated August 2020