Age-related Macular Degeneration

Frequently Asked Questions

8. How is AMD treated?

AMD can be treated to slow its progression through the use of nutritional supplements (such as AREDS and AREDS2). The AREDS formulation is not a cure, but it may delay the onset of late AMD and slow the vision loss of those who already have late AMD.

In advanced neovascular AMD,

  • injections can be used to slow the progression of neovascular AMD is to inject drugs into the eye.
  • photodynamic therapy is also used in selected areas of the retina are treated with laser.
  • laser surgery is used by eye care professionals to treat certain cases of neovascular AMD, though this is less common than other treatments. It involves aiming an intense “hot” laser at the abnormal blood vessels in your eyes to destroy them. This laser is not the same one used in photodynamic therapy which may be referred to as a “cold” laser.