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Laser Surgery
Laser surgery is another wet macular degeneration treatment option. Surgery for wet macular degeneration involves aiming a strong beam of light onto the new blood vessels to destroy them. Laser surgery is done in a doctor's office or in an eye clinic, and lasts a short period of time. Although a person may go home the same day, he or she will need to return for follow-up exams.
 
Injections
There are several new treatment options for wet macular degeneration that involve injecting a medicine into the eye. Macugen® (pegaptanib sodium injection) and Lucentis® (ranibizumab) are two such drugs. Abnormally high levels of a specific growth factor occur in eyes with wet macular degeneration, which promotes the growth of abnormal new blood vessels. These drug treatments block the effects of the growth factor, which helps to slow (or even reverse) vision loss and macular damage.
 
You will need multiple injections for this macular degeneration treatment. The eye is numbed before each injection. After the injection, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while and your eye will be monitored.
  

Summary

With any of these treatment options, lost vision cannot be restored. However, you shouldn't underestimate low vision rehabilitation as a macular degeneration treatment option for either type of macular degeneration (see Low Vision and Macular Degeneration).
 
Finally, if you have dry macular degeneration or are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam performed at least once a year. You may also want to get an Amsler grid from your eye care professional to check your vision at home.
 
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