Wet Macular Degeneration
We now have extraordinary treatments for this disease that used to cause all its victims to go blind. Treatments today arrest the disease for 98% and improve the vision for nearly 70%. The key to that difference is how early you call in!
If blurriness is slight when you come in for evaluation for treatment, vision can remain very clear, but if you wait for weeks and vision degenerates more, complete restoration will be very challenging.
Early treatment is very rewarding, and very successful. There are choices of medications which are FDA approved, which allows them to be covered by insurance making treatment available to every American today. Thousands of patients receive these treatments every day. Even uninsured patients can get access through charitable efforts of ophthalmologists and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
In the early months of treating this chronic disease, visits are frequent but taper off after a while. As treatment progresses, we can show you how the bubbles of wet fluid shrink on the OCT images we get to guide our assessments.
If you have even the slightest blur in even one eye, are over fifty, or have diabetes, please do not ignore it! Call for an examination of that blur! If you have degeneration, you can have your vision preserved!
To learn more about Macular Degeneration, visit eyeSmart.org.