Treatment for AMD
Currently, there are no treatments for dry AMD, but researchers are investigating the condition. For more information about research into dry AMD that Sight Research UK is funding see our AMD funded research section on our AMD information page.
There is some evidence that certain nutritional supplements may help slow down the progression of dry AMD in some cases. Ask your eye healthcare professional if there are any supplements which could help slow the progression of your AMD.
Avoiding AMD risk factors and eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables may also benefit your eye health.
- Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) medication
This medication can be injected in to your eye to treat wet AMD, by stopping abnormal blood vessels growing in the retina. These drugs cannot undo damage to your retina which has already occurred, but can minimise any further damage and preserve remaining sight. This is why it is so important for wet AMD to be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
The injections will be administered at a hospital at regular intervals (usually monthly), and anaesthetic eye drops are used to numb your eye so the injection will not hurt. Your ophthalmologist will also use antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. The number of injections you will receive can vary.
Your eyes will be checked regularly at the hospital even once your course of injections is complete. Your ophthalmologist will let you know how often you need your eyes checked and for how long.