For the dry macular degeneration (ARMD) I suggest you continue taking the vitamins your ophthalmologist
recommends. ICaps and Ocuvite are common brand names. This is the only treatment that has been shown to be effective for Dry ARMD in a well controlled study (AREDS)
For the eye with the wet ARMD, the shots (avastin
) are the current treatment of choice for subfoveal lesions.
There is a new drug, which is in a similar class as avastin and lucentis. It is called afibercept (Eyelea). This medicine, which is also given as an injection into the eyeball may need to be injected less often then the above medicines.
Afibercept has only recently (Nov 2011) become FDA approved for use in wet ARMD patients. I have used it in my practice but, to tell you the truth, I really haven't used it enough yet to learn if it will stand up to the promises made by the drug company.
There are, of course, older treatments for Wet ARMD still available, such as photodynamic therapy and thermal laser however, with the advent of these new drugs I find myself using these treatment options less frequently.
It sounds like are in excellent hands and are being given state-of-the-art treatments. I suggest you continue with this course.
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