Wet age-related macular degeneration is amenable to treatment. The condition involves a growth of new vessels, these new vessels leak and bleed. The leakage and bleeding causes damage to the retina. The retina is the light sensitive portion of the eye.
The sooner that treatment is started, the more likely that vision will stabilise or even improve. Treatment consists of so called ‘intravitreal injections’. This involves an injection into the eye. The drugs used are called VEGF antagonists. The two licenced drugs for this purpose are ranibizumab (lucentis) and aflibercept (eyelea). Your surgeon will select the most appropriate drug for you. Treatment in the first instance is required on a monthly basis for three months. Treatment thereafter is on the basis of progress. If the disease is controlled, no further injections are needed. If the leakage from the blood vessels persists, further injections are needed. On average, patients require 14 treatments over 24 months.
There is unfortunately currently no cure or treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration. With dry AMD, treatment is mainly focused on helping a person make the most of their remaining vision, such as using magnifying lenses to help make reading easier. Cataract surgery may in some patients improve navigational or peripheral vision.
What to do next
Contact the eye centre teamto book a consultation with one of our consultant ophthalmic surgeons who will aim to provide you with all the information you need before you embark on your treatment including choice of procedures, what they involve and the associated risks and benefits. You should allow an hour for your consultation. The guide price for a consultation ranges from £200 to £250. You will require further investigations with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and other tests may be required.
Will I need a referral from my GP or optician?
For treatment of age-related macular degeneration you will need to be referred by your GP or optician before you book a consultation.
How much does it cost?
A guide price for the injections for treating age-related macular degeneration is approximately £2,032 per eye. The exact cost will depend on the treatment you require which will be confirmed at your initial consultation.
If you have medical insurance, you may be covered for payment of this procedure. Please check with your insurer to confirm. If you are paying for treatment yourself, we have interest free finance - 0% representative APR available. Download our information flyer or contact the friendly eye centre team for more details.