If you are diagnosed with wet AMD you should be offered treatment.
There is currently no treatment for dry AMD, however, wet AMD can be treated, if caught early, using ‘Anti-VEGF’ drugs. VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) is the chemical in the body responsible for the development of healthy blood vessels.
In wet AMD too much VEGF is produced in the eye, causing the growth of unwanted, unhealthy blood vessels. The drugs used, most commonly Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Eylea (aflibercept), block the production of VEGF. Both treatments are given by an injection into the eye, which is much less frightening than it sounds.
Our treatment buddies provide valuable support for those concerned about treatment. Download the Wet AMD and Dry AMD care guides and Treatment for age-related macular degeneration for further information.