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Macular Degeneration (cont.)

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What research is being done on macular degeneration?

There is a large amount of research currently being performed to increase our understanding of the basic molecular mechanisms of macular degeneration. These include evaluation of families with a history of AMD to understand genetic and hereditary factors that may cause the disease. There are multiple drugs and devices presently in various phases of clinical trials to both prevent and treat macular degeneration. These include new drugs to prevent new blood vessel formation, certain anti-inflammatory treatments for the wet form of AMD, and drug-delivery systems to reduce the need for frequent injections for the wet form of macular degeneration. The possibility of transplantation of transplanting healthy cells into a diseased retina is also being investigated.

This research should provide better ways to detect, treat, and prevent vision loss in people with AMD.


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United States. National Eye Institute. "Age-Related Eye Disease Study." Dec. 2008. <http://www.nei.nih.gov/amd/summary.asp>.

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