Macular Degeneration Treatment2021-12-03T15:03:46+00:00

Restore vision and minimise permanent damage to your sight with macular degeneration treatment in Auckland or Hawke’s Bay

Discover how the latest treatments can help restore vision and reduce worsening

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Restore vision and minimise permanent damage to your sight with macular degeneration treatment in Auckland or Hawke’s Bay

Discover how the latest treatments can help restore vision and reduce worsening

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Discover how macular degeneration treatment can protect your quality of vision

Your suitability for macular degeneration treatment depends on the type of AMD and individual characteristics of the condition. We can establish this at your initial appointment.

Macular degeneration treatment stops the progression of the disease.

Your eye specialist will tailor a management plan specific to your eyes.

Advantages
  • Slows progression of macular degeneration.
  • It may cause vision to improve slightly.
Disadvantages
  • Treatment does not cure macular degeneration.
  • This treatment is often needed long-term
Risks include:
  • Infection
  • Increased eye pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Haemorrhage

For both Wet and Dry AMD, some medications and lifestyle changes may help prevent the condition from worsening or even occurring in the first place.

Vitamin supplements

Over the last decade, studies (particularly the AREDS and AREDS 2 trials) have found that certain combinations of vitamins could reduce the chances of macular degeneration worsening by around a third. However, not everyone agrees that it helps that much, and it may not help everyone.

Eye Institute recommends taking the following medication:

  • Macu-Vision twice a day, together with either Lutein Vision Advanced twice a day or Lutein Vision Defence once a day. These are available from most pharmacies and do not require a prescription. It may be better to take the Lutein Vision Advanced rather than the Lutein Defence because it also contains omega-three fatty acids. However, whether these help in macular degeneration is disputed.
Stopping smoking

Smokers are more at risk of macular degeneration, particularly Wet AMD, so it’s important to stop smoking, especially if you have been diagnosed with AMD.

Dietary changes

Eating more nuts and fish oils may help prevent AMD.

Wet AMD treatments

If you’re diagnosed with Wet AMD, you should seek treatment quickly to reduce permanent damage to your sight. The macular degeneration experts at Eye Institute use the most advanced medications and treatments for Wet AMD, including:

Wet AMD medication

Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors or Anti-VEGF’s such as Avastin and Eylea are medications which help to prevent vision loss and in some circumstances restore some vision in people with Wet AMD. They are injected into the eye (which is less painful than it sounds) and may need to be repeated over several months.

Thermal laser treatment for Wet AMD

Due to the success of anti-VEGF medications, we are less likely to use the thermal laser to treat Wet AMD. Still, we may use it to seal off the abnormal leaky blood vessels in some forms of Wet AMD.

Non-thermal laser treatment for Wet AMD

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a light-activated drug and non-thermal laser to destroy abnormal blood vessels while preserving normal healthy tissue selectively. Still, it usually doesn’t work as well as injections.

The macular degeneration specialists at Eye Institute have treated many cases of both Dry AMD and Wet AMD.

Your eye specialist will determine which treatment type(s) are most appropriate for you based on the type of macular degeneration you have and its severity.

Results include a reduced progression of macular degeneration or halting of the progression altogether.

In some cases, patients experience an improvement in vision.

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

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Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

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The first step is to call us so we can answer any questions we can on the phone. Give our friendly team a call on 0800 99 2020 or request a call back from us.

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At your consultation, we’ll diagnose your issues, answer your questions and give you a clear recommendation based on your needs. You’ll confidently leave with a clear understanding of your treatment options.

Enjoy clarity

After treatment, people often tell us how pleased they were that they took action when they did. They’re often so glad that they reached out so that we could address their concerns and help them resolve their troublesome eye condition.

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Dr Nick Mantell

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Dr Peter Ring

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Dr Shanu Subbiah

Dr Subbiah is a cataract, corneal and laser surgery specialist.
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Dr Adam Watson

Dr Watson specialises in treating many aspects of the eye, including the face, eyelids, tear drainage system and the cornea.
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Prof Helen Danesh-Meyer

Professor Danesh-Meyer is an international authority on glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology and one of the most highly regarded experts in her field.
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Prof Charles McGhee

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Dr William Cunningham

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Dr Simon Dean

Dr Dean is a consultant ophthalmologist. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery, corneal surgery and pterygium surgery.
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Dr Peter Hadden

Dr Hadden specialises in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery, including the treatment of intraocular tumours.
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Dr Narme Deva

Dr Narme Deva is a key opinion leader for Medical retina and Uveitis in New Zealand.
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Dr Liz Insull

Dr Elizabeth Insull is a New Zealand and UK trained Oculoplastic and Ophthalmic surgeon.
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Dr Kaliopy Matheos

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Dr John Beaumont

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Dr Jay Meyer

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Additional resources on treating vision loss

Learn more about treating vision loss from authoritative sources.

There’s no cure, but treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may slow the disease and keep you from having a severe loss of vision.

Treatment options:

  • Anti-angiogenic drugs
  • Laser therapy
  • Vitamins
  • Low vision aids

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While no macular degeneration treatment is currently approved for use, the United States is likely to completely restore vision loss to eye diseases. Some drugs — such as Lucentis — may be able to slow or prevent additional vision loss or even improve remaining vision to some extent.

Also, certain investigational treatments have shown promise for reversing at least some vision loss in people affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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