Aaron Parnes, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland,Maine commented on age related macular degeneration (AMD) treatment results and predictive factors for best success and outcome with Lucentis® injections. “Looking at the data from our extensive clinical results as well as the long term clinical trials has shown that there can be considerable variability in patient responses to the Lucentis® injections we use to treat age related macular degeneration,” said Dr. Parnes. “The good news is that this information has been quite useful in establishing a number of diagnostic and treatment parameters that we use to optimize treatment and monitoring regimens to help patients get the best possible results,” Dr. Parnes explained.
Here are some important factors and considerations that we know today:
· The initial visual acuity is not a good indicator for patients treated with monthly injections of Lucentis®. But, a poorer initial visual acuity seems to predict greater overall improvement.
· Smaller areas of blood vessel growth seem to respond better to treatment.
· If treatment begins BEFORE any hemorrhage has occurred there is usually a more favorable result.
· The visual acuity found between the 3 and 5 month visit seems to predict about where the 12 month visit acuity will end up.
· If there is a recurrence of subretinal fluid there is usually a negative effect on the long term visual recovery and functioning.
While there can be no guarantees, by using this information we can work to hopefully avoid the catastrophic vision loss from Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). YOUR role is to be consistent in scheduling routine eye exams if you are over 50 years old or even earlier if you have a family history of AMD-and should you notice symptoms including distortion of your vision, waviness or curving of lines or straight surfaces or a sudden change or spots of any kind, please call Eyecare Medical Group for an immediate appointment. The key to maintaining eye health and vision is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
If you or someone you know has a family history of macular degeneration or is concerned about macular degeneration it is important to schedule regular eye exams by calling Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visiting Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.