What Treatments Are Available for Macular Degeneration?

While there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are treatments that can help slow its progression or reduce the severity of the symptoms:

  • Medications: Anti-VEGF drugs can help reduce the number of abnormal blood vessels in your retina or slow leaking from blood vessels.
  • Laser Therapy: High-energy laser light can sometimes be used to destroy actively growing abnormal blood vessels that occur in macular degeneration.
  • Photodynamic Laser Therapy: A two-step treatment that uses a light-sensitive drug to damage the abnormal blood vessels.
  • Low Vision Aids: Devices that have special lenses or electronic systems that produce enlarged images of nearby objects help people who have vision loss from macular degeneration live more independently.