Will eyedrops replace injections for Macular Degeneration?

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have created a new eyedrop that can deliver wet macular degeneration treatment to the back of the eye. Macular degeneration causes damage to the retina at the back of the eye so this is why it is necessary for the medication to be focused on that area rather than […]

Discontinuing macular degeneration injections results in vision loss

A retrospective, observational study examined the data from 35 patients who had received anti-VEGF injections of the eye for treatment of the wet form of macular degeneration but then stopped treatment despite continued symptoms. Researchers found a notable deterioration in visual acuity over two years. Researchers looked at the best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at the […]

Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]

Endophthalmitis risk greater with intravitreal steroid injections

Endophthalmitis, an inflammation of the internal eye, is a possible complication with any intraocular procedure including intravitreal steroid injections and anti-VEGF injections. A new study found that the risk for developing endophthalmitis after intravitreal steroid injections is nearly seven times greater than the risk after anti-VEGF injections. Prior to the advent of anti-VEGF injections, intravitreal […]

Guess who’s more at risk for recurrent wet macular degeneration?

A retrospective cohort study which reviewed 343 Asian eyes with subfoveal neovascular AMD, which was treated with three monthly anti-VEGF injections of ranibizumab found a link between age and gender and the likelihood of recurrence of the condition. Older men were the patients who required re-treatement within twelve months of their initial treatment. At the […]

Reticular pseudodrusen found to be a risk factor for wet AMD

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found a link between reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) and an increased risk of developing the wet form of macular degeneration. The study involved 200 patients with choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration in one eye but with no signs of wet AMD in the other eye. The […]

UK Teaching hospitals using new wet AMD treatment

Some wet AMD patients in the United Kingdom are now receiving a new, non-invasive treatment for their disease. The new treatment known as Oraya Therapy™ is being used by eye specialists at the Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. This new therapy is painless and delivers highly targeted, low-energy X-rays to the eye. The amount of radiation […]

Single shot gene therapy could benefit wet AMD patients

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia have created a new gene therapy that could potentially replace invasive monthly injections, which are the current method of treating the wet form of macular degeneration. A single injection carries a benign, modified virus which has a gene that creates a supply of a protein […]

IL-18 component offers hope for Macular Degeneration

The online journal, Science of Translational Medicine, details the breakthrough discovery of a component of the immune system known as IL-18 that may hold the key to treating macular degeneration. Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin discovered that IL-18 acts as a “guardian of eyesight” by suppressing the production of damaging blood vessels behind the […]

Anti-VEGF eye injections could be replaced by eyedrops

Patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration may soon be able to say goodbye to unpleasant injections and hello to eye drops as treatment for the disease. Recent research points to eye drops that are safe and effective in treating wet macular degeneration. Anti-VEGF injections are the current method of treatment because the […]