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Is there a cure for macular degeneration?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Unfortunately, there is no cure for macular degeneration. However, treatment of the disease can slow down vision loss and may even repair some vision damage. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to the preservation of your vision when you have macular degeneration, so talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options.

There is currently no cure for macular degeneration. To manage the disease, depending on the severity, an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) may recommend treatments that include external vision assistive devices as well as vitamins, drug (intraocular injections) or laser therapies. These treatments may slow or stabilize progression of macular degeneration.

People aged 65 and older who progress to the most advanced form of the disease and are no longer candidates for any other treatments mentioned above might want to ask their ophthalmologist about whether they are a candidate for a new surgical treatment option -- a tiny telescope implant. The size of a pea, this Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved device is surgically implanted in an outpatient procedure and has been shown to restore vision and improve quality of life, following rehabilitation, in select people.

Not all treatments are appropriate for everyone. It's important to see an eye care professional regularly to design an individualized treatment plan.

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