Therapies and Research for Macular Degeneration

Because of the magnitude of the problem, considerable effort is being directed towards the development of treatment and prevention strategies.

These include a number of invasive surgical procedures (including submacular surgery and macular translocation), experimental laser therapies (including photodynamic therapy and laser photocoagulation guided by indocyanine green angiography), the administration of drugs and supplements (including thalidomide and antioxidant vitamins), radiation therapy, blood filtration procedures, and others.

Some appear promising, while others appear to have little or no scientific rationale. At the present time, none of these therapies are of proven value.

For those not meeting eligibility criteria for laser therapy, participation in a clinical trial conducted by reputable investigators should be explored.