Macular Degeneration Not As Scary As Before

…thanks to science-based research. Science-Based Medicine blog has the poop. A quote:

In my world of treating patients with retinal disease, a revolution has taken place over the past few years. The most aggressive form of macular degeneration has been transformed from a relentlessly progressive, disabling disease to one which can be tamed with medication. Now, patients diagnosed with exudative macular degeneration can expect stablization and even improvement in vision.

It is a story worthy of a Hollywood movie. Start with a reluctant hero; add controversy, Wall Street, politics, and most important of all, a happy ending.

The article is mostly about game-changing VEGF-binding drugs. VEGF = vascular endothelial growth factor. The one I’ve heard most about is Avastin.

Well worth a read if someone you know has age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

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