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I heard of a procedure that would help macular degenaration

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I heard of a procedure that would help macular degenaration patients see again by raising or lifting the retina. Any information any information on this would be very helpful. Thank you.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thanks for your question. It sounds like what you are referring to is called submacular surgery. Submacular surgery is when an attempt is made to evacuate new blood vessel growth underneath the macula, or the center part of the retina which is responsible for your clear, fine, central vision, and which is the part of the retina involved in macular degeneration. There have been several multi-center trials done to investigate whether this surgery would help in preventing vision loss.

Sadly, there is no evidence from the data from these trials that shows that this surgery is helpful at all in preventing vision loss or restoring vision in persons with exudative (wet) age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

It sounds like, though, you have been having shots with anti-VEGF medicines which are proving to be the most beneficial treatments we have for wet ARMD.

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