What does it involve?
Intraocular injection of anti-angiogenic drugs is the preferred treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
When is it carried out?
Treatment is indicated for cases of active wet AMD (it is important to remember that this treatment is not indicated for dry AMD).
A comprehensive eye and fundus examination is essential. An optical coherence tomography test is almost always performed and, occasionally, a fluorescein angiogram.
Before the surgery
Before the injection, the eye and eyelids are disinfected. After the injection, antibiotic eye drops have to be administered for a few days.
The injection itself is a short procedure. It can be carried out in theatre or in the doctor’s surgery, but always under strict asepsis conditions. It is performed under topical anaesthesia (eye drops) and does not generally cause discomfort.
As in all surgical interventions, the greatest risk is eye infection. If the correct prophylactic measures are employed, however, the risk is minimised (much lower than after cataract surgery, for example).
It is a grid of straight horizontal and vertical lines with a central point, used as a tool to detect visual disturbances in patients with scotoma or other anomalies.
Age-related macular degeneration is one of the greatest challenges in ophthalmology today. We know that there are two types: the dry form and the wet form. The dry form is experienced by patients who are slowly losing their vision. It has been demonstrated that treatment with antioxidants and vitamins can reduce vision loss, although the slowing down of the process is not particularly spectacular. The wet form, which is so called because fluid is produced in the macula, is the most destructive, and current treatment involves the combining of photodynamic therapy, which started to be used some years ago, with other treatments, which has produced more positive results. Each year, new possibilities appear, which help in the fight against this disease.
Yes, it is an emergency, but relatively speaking, as it is possible to wait 3 or 4 days. It is necessary to examine the eye, because the symptom could indicate the onset of decompensation, which can cause severe loss of vision. This distortion is sometimes not due to decompensation, but it always needs to be confirmed.
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