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Can photodynamic therapy cure age-related macular degeneration?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Photodynamic therapy treats the areas of leakage in the retina in the hope of improving vision.
It does not cure, only treats the manifestations of the disease.

In brief: No
Photodynamic therapy treats the areas of leakage in the retina in the hope of improving vision.
It does not cure, only treats the manifestations of the disease.
Dr. William Dieck
Dr. William Dieck
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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Agreed
Pdt is a great way to treat wet armd, but not as good as anti-vegf medications.
Pdt is still useful. It, too, may need to be repeated, but is not as invasive as the injections into the eye. Hence, there are fewer potential side effects and in the small percentage of patients with anxiety over needles...A great alternative.

In brief: Agreed
Pdt is a great way to treat wet armd, but not as good as anti-vegf medications.
Pdt is still useful. It, too, may need to be repeated, but is not as invasive as the injections into the eye. Hence, there are fewer potential side effects and in the small percentage of patients with anxiety over needles...A great alternative.
Dr. Randall Wong
Dr. Randall Wong
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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
However, therapy with anti-vegf medicines (lucentis, eylea, (aflibercept) avastin) injected into the eye have been shown to be more effective that pdt in maintaining vision in wet amd.
One big downside to any of these therapies is that they often need to be readministered to control the disease, sometimes as frequently as every month with injections.

In brief: Possibly
However, therapy with anti-vegf medicines (lucentis, eylea, (aflibercept) avastin) injected into the eye have been shown to be more effective that pdt in maintaining vision in wet amd.
One big downside to any of these therapies is that they often need to be readministered to control the disease, sometimes as frequently as every month with injections.
Dr. Samuel Barone
Dr. Samuel Barone
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