Does AMD need urgent treatment?
If you have a neovascular or wet AMD then, I think it’s pretty clear that you need some form of treatment. And this treatment consists of injections of monthly intervals of one of these anti-VEGF drugs, which could be Lucentis or Eylea. People will talk about Avastin but in this country, it doesn’t have a product license and therefore, in a lot of circumstances, it is not used.
The treatment is, as we said, at monthly intervals for three months and then is a decision taken whether to continue with another course of injections for three months or extending it for two months or doing it on as required basis.
There have been very many studies on this and the protocols vary from surgeon to surgeon and patient to patient.
More about Paul Rosen
Paul Rosen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. He has over 20 years experience in treating people with eye problems. Paul is invited to lecture on cataract and refractive surgery both nationally and internationally. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. Paul has served as the President of the UK and Ireland Society of Refractive Surgeons and is currently the President of the European Society of Corneal and Refractive Surgery. More recently I’d been appointed as a member of the NICE Cataract Guidelines Committee and also on the Refractive Surgery Subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.