Macular Degeneration Treatment

Technology, Risks and Benefits

How do we treat macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration comes in two main forms; wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration commonly causes you to lose vision rapidly. At NQ Eye Specialists our surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating macular degeneration. The mainstay of treatment for wet macular degeneration is by using a medication to counteract the effects of the disease. This medication needs to be delivered to the back of the eye where it is most effective. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your eye.

What technology is used in the treatment of macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a dynamic disease that requires specific diagnostic investigations and expert monitoring to ensure the expected treatment improvements. This process has been greatly enhanced in recent years by the use of technological advancements like OCT and retinal angiography.

What are the risks of macular degeneration, if any?

The treatment of macular degeneration has had some outstanding improvements in the last decade. However, we still don’t have a single treatment cure and the types of treatments available don’t work for everyone. Some treatments work better, or longer for certain individuals than others. Quite often persistence results in the outcomes we all want, but this may require patience to achieve. It is important that you raise any and all of your concerns with your doctor so that you feel at ease with the treatment plan for you. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

What are the benefits of macular degeneration treatment?

The aim of treating macular degeneration is to restore the maximum amount of vision lost and retain useful central vision for as long as is possible. Some people unfortunately suffer with both wet and dry forms of macular degeneration and therefore have a gradual decline in vision despite successful treatment of the wet form. At NQ Eye Specialists we strive to keep you informed at every step of the way.