Treatment of macular degeneration (a controlled case).

: Our controlled case describes the drug possibility to stabilize the exudative form of Age-related Macular Degeneration. The new approach of selective destruction of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) can be applied in patients with subfoveal lesions. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is based on the reaction of photoactivable drug with the light of low-energy laser beam. So far only verteporfin [Visudyne, Novartis] as sensitizer is marketed and laser with wavelength of 689 nm is used. But it is questionable whether to apply this very costly treatment to extremely old people. An example of treatment of 90-year old woman with AMD with classic form of CNV is presented. Her BCVA was 0.05 OD. She underwent four session of PDT. At the last visit (eighteen months after initial and ten months after last session of PDT) the BCVA remained 0.05 OD. The patient is using a special magnifying lens for reading achieving near vision of 0.32. The presented example indicates the necessity of detailed study of every case to promote the therapeutic decisions for the benefit of progress in the field.

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