What Wet AMD Treatment Advances Are You Most Excited About?
There are many reasons to be hopeful about the future if you have wet age-related macular degeneration.
There are many new advances in treatment for wet AMD. Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., chief of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, discusses several exciting, upcoming options, including surgical implants and longer-lasting anti-VEGF injections.
There are a lot of treatment advances for WET AMD for me to be excited about.
One is that these drugs that we're using are first generation and they're fantastic, but the newer ones will generally last longer, which means that patients will not have to come in as frequently for injections. And which means as the population ages, the doctors will be allowed to treat everybody and other drugs perhaps might not even need to be injected at all.
There also may be some surgical options, whereby we can fill almost like a little reservoir in the eye with a drug, that can last for six months. Other drugs that might not be VEGF inhibitors that can treat AMD from a different standpoint and perhaps work in conjunction with VEGF inhibitors.
There's a lot of new therapies in the pipeline and they will be approved, I think, in the coming years for sure.