Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, treatments are available to delay its progression, preserve existing vision, and in some cases, even improve vision loss. While there are currently no approved treatments to prevent or cure dry AMD, some nutritional supplements, such as omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, have been shown to prevent the disease’s progression to the more advanced wet form, which can result in severe vision loss.
Treatment options for wet AMD include medicated injections and laser therapy, which aim to halt the development of new blood vessels, destroy existing ones, and prevent leakage into the macula. Unfortunately, despite ongoing research, there is currently no way to fully regain vision lost due to AMD. However, individuals with significant vision loss can benefit from a variety of low vision devices, such as standing and handheld magnifiers, telescopes, and other aids that can help to improve vision and maintain independence.
If you have been diagnosed with AMD, it is important to undergo regular vision tests and closely monitor your condition. Adherence to treatment can not only prevent further vision deterioration but may also improve vision in some cases.