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New treatment could give hope to AMD patients

Posted by RHHAdmin on May 7, 2012 8:47:17 AM

Those who succumb to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may need home health care in order to help them deal with their blindness. Now, new research could give hope to those who have the condition but still want to be independent.

A study presented at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is giving hope to patients with AMD who did not have success with treatments that are injected directly into the eyes.

Injectable drugs known as angiogenesis inhibitors are considered a modern approach to treating AMD, but do not always work. Researchers have developed an oral nutriceutical, which is used as a last resort in many cases, could rapidly restore patients' vision.

"With our instruments we documented a more youthful appearance of retinal tissues as well as improved underlying circulation. There were also other improvements in health observed or measured outside of the eyes that were unanticipated," said Dr. Stuart Richer of the Ocular Preventative Medicine-Eye Clinic, one of the researchers.

Still, researchers say that patients should ask their physician before using this treatment along with angiogenesis inhibitors.

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