Dry AMD Treatment Options

There are no medical treatments for dry macular degeneration at this time.

There is a miniature implantable telescope that may help to improve your central vision.

There are things you can do now about certain lifestyle factors can slow down the process or contribute to the development and progress of AMD. Research shows that people with AMD who take charge of their lives, use support groups and seek vision rehabilitation, deal with vision problems much better.

Your doctor may recommend a specific vitamin, which slowed the progression of the disease in research performed by the National Eye Institute. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that a combination of antioxidants and zinc can slow the progression of the disease by 25% and the vision loss by 19%.

The good news is the amount of research underway to find treatments is increasing.

Implantable Miniature Telescope

While there are no medical treatments for dry macular degeneration, there is a procedure available that may help you to see better.  It involves a surgery to remove the natural lens of the eye and replace it with a miniature telescope.  This is followed by an extensive training program to learn how to function with the magnified vision provided by the device.

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Unproven Treatments


Acupuncture is a popular and valuable tool for a variety of ailments. Macular degeneration may or may not be one of them.

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Microcurrent Stimulation

Microelectrical stimulation is being promoted as a therapy for the early stages of AMD. It has not undergone any formal research trials and is unproven.

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Rheopheresis is still an unproven therapy for dry macular degeneration.  In clinical trials, it was shown to be a safe procedure but the visual results were not conclusive.

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