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CURRENT OPHTHALMOLOGY
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 263-78

New approaches in the management of choroidal neovascular membrane in age-related macular degeneration.


R.P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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L Verma
R.P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi
India
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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly population. The prevalence is reported to be 1.2-1.4% in several population-based epidemiological studies. Currently 25-30 million people worldwide are blind due to AMD. With the aging world population it is bound to increase significantly, and could become a significant public health problem in next two decades, with serious socio-economic implications. Several strategies are today available to treat the wet form of AMD, which is responsible for significant visual loss. These were until recently confined to laser photocoagulation, and subretinal surgery, but today two other modalities, namely, radiation and photodynamic therapy, are available. These treatment modalities however, are aimed at preservation of vision only, and not at reversing the process of the disease. Further research on antiangiogenic drugs and gene therapy could significantly help AMD patients.


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