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How does Eylea treat wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD)?

Eylea (aflibercept) is injected into the eye to treat neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). It works by blocking the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a substance that promotes the growth of new abnormal blood vessels in the retina that can damage the macula -- the part of the eye that makes it possible to see things sharply and clearly in front of you. Wet AMD can make it hard to read, drive, recognize faces or do close work, such as knitting; eventually it can lead to severe vision loss. Eylea injections can reduce the symptoms of wet AMD and slow down its progression, but it won't cure the condition.

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