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I am a retina specialist. It sounds like your husband is suffering from a subfoveal choroidal neovascular membrane (wet age related macular degeneration ) or wet ARMD.
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Ok. That is correct. LASIK surgery will not do anything to improve his decreased vision from this issue.
I treat this condition every day in my practice. As a matter of fact I have almost a dozen avastin/lucentis or afibercept injections scheduled this afternoon.
I thought maucular degeneration happened to older adultshe is only 42?
There are many forms of macular degeneration and a large number of various disease processes that can cause a choroidal neovascular membrane to form. While the drugs I mentioned above are primarily indicated in the age related form they are now being used more and more frequently in other causes of the formation of these abnormal blood vessels.
I am guessing that your husband was evaluated and diagnosed by an ophthalmologist but has he been seen by a retina specialist?
Yes, just today andhe was the one whole diagnosed him.
The ophthalmologist referred him. I am just very conceredand not understanding.
Ok. Did the retina doc give any indication why your husband has a choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM) or did he just say "there it is let's treat it"?
I can understand your concern.
. Before we had lucetis, avastin or afibercept the only treatment we had for subfoveal (in the center of your vision) wet AMD was laser, either the "hot" type or the "cool" type (photodynamic therapy). Now with these drugs we have something that can 'dry up' wet AMD without destroying the photoreceptors....in other words, preserve vision.
He just said there it is lets treat it
Since I started using these anti-VEGF compounds in 2006 I have been able to save central vision in patients where, in the past, all I could offer was "less bad" legal blindness.
Well, I wish he had spent more time talking with you and your husband but, when is all said and done, treating it right away is the correct thing to do. Delay only give photoreceptors more time to be damaged or destroyed.
Thank you. I appreciate I will explain it a bit better to my husband.
My pleasure. I hope the injections work well for him. It sounds like you are in good hands with this retina specialist, even if he doesn't explain things very well :(
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