Is there a macular degeneration cure? This is one of the most common questions asked by people contacting Macular Degeneration Support Canada. While a macular degeneration cure is not available and not on the apparent horizon, there are some viable treatments, depending on which type of the eye disease a person is diagnosed with. There are many advances in research that may eventually lead to a cure.
Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. This disease attacks the macula which is the center portion of the retina, and ausese a loss of centra vision.
There are two types of macular degeneration: Dry and Wet. There is no macular degeneration cure for either type of the disease but there are treatments depended on the type of eye disease a person is diagnosed with.
Contrary to what some sites promote as a “macular degeneration cure” for those people suffering from the dry form of the eye disease, this information is not correct. Dry Macular degeneration has no cure, and no real treatment. However, in the Age Related Eye Disease (AREDS) study, it was found that a formula consisting of high levels of antioxidants could reduce the risk associated with developing an advanced form of dry macular degeneration.
With wet macular degeneration being the fastest progressing of the disease, accounting for 90 percent of the blindess caused by the eye disease, there are several treatments available for patients. The most promising treatments for macular degeneration are the anti-VEGF drugs such as avastin, macugen and lucentis.
Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels leak and cause both scarring and a bulging of the macula. Macugen, Avastin and Lucentis have been shown to reverse the scarring and to stop the growth of these abnormal blood vessels. While not a cure for macular degeneration, these treatments have shown considerable promise to not only halt the progression of the disease, but in some cases, reverse the damage.
It must be noted, these are not cures for macular degeneration, but merely treatments for the disease. Wet Macular Degeneration can reoccur and require an additional treatment of these types of drugs.
Thus, the answer to the question “Is there a Macular Degeneration Cure?”, is NO, there is no cure for macular degeneration.