By now you’ve probably heard of the eye condition called macular degeneration. There are two types—the dry type, which is managed with vitamins, and the wet type, which is treated with injections into the eye.
For those of you with the wet type, did you ever wonder why your retina specialist keeps asking you to come back in a month for your next injection? It’s because the medication that is being injected (Avastin, Lucentis or Eylea) only lasts for about a month in the eye. Also, most of the major research studies on macular degeneration committed patients to monthly injection regimens. Hence, many retina specialists in practice try to follow the same regimen.
But don’t you wish there was another option instead of getting a needle into the eye every month or so? Something that didn’t involve an injection, that could improve your vision and that didn’t hurt or cause red eyes? Turns out that something actually exists. It’s a laser procedure called “feeder vessel treatment” for wet macular degeneration. It was pioneered in the 1990’s by retina specialists in Baltimore, Maryland and Milan, Italy. The procedure often takes less than 10 minutes to perform and is done in the clinic. It’s not a replacement for your injections but can be used in combination with your injections, sometimes helping to reduce the total number of injections. Fewer injections, no pain and stable vision is always a good thing.
Here’s the other piece of good news. You don’t have to travel to Milan or Baltimore to be evaluated for this laser procedure. It’s available right here in Fort Myers at the Eye Centers of Florida. There are only a handful of retina centers in the world that offer this procedure. Ours at the Eye Centers of Florida is one of them. Our goal for every patient is to minimize the number of injections you receive and to help maintain good vision for the rest of your life. Contact us today for an appointment, a second opinion or to see if you’re a candidate for laser feeder vessel treatment.
–Dr. Walid Mangal