Treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration
Laser surgery is another treatment option for wet macular degeneration. This procedure involves aiming a strong beam of light on to 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 time. Although a person may go home the same day, he or she will need to return for follow-up exams.
There are several new treatments available 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 drugs block the effects of the growth factor, which helps to slow (or even reverse) vision loss and macular damage.
You will need multiple injections when treating wet macular degeneration in this manner. The eye is numbed before each injection. Afterwards, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while and your eye will be monitored.