Macular Degeneration Treatments

Patient education is extremely important. When your child comes for an eye exam we try to explain everything about your child's diagnosis to you before you leave and we welcome call-backs. We also offer supplemental methods to improve your understanding of childhood vision problems. Dr. DeRespinis has put together a series of talks on common and not so common eye conditions, with audio-visual enhancements at the following website. Click here to enter the site www.theeyesiteforkids.com

Choose the topic of interest and just click on the icons and sit back and listen. Other sites highly recommended by Drs. DeRespinis & Pearlstein to obtain information on conditions affecting the eyes are hosted by THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY & STRABISMUS and THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY. Click on the Links below to enter the sites.

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

American Academy of Opthalmology

Patients who are diagnosed with wet macular degeneration have new options for laser treatments.

As macular degeneration progresses, new blood vessels may develop in the eye, which can cause scarring and a loss of central vision. To stop the progression of the disease and limit scarring, laser treatments can be applied to stop the growth of new blood vessels. The type of laser treatment used depends on the appearance and behavior of the macula and its surrounding tissue. One new technique, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), has been successful in treating about 10% of this population.

Like most laser treatments, PDT and other macular degeneration laser treatments are performed on a same day, outpatient basis. Specialized diagnostic testing using a flouroscein angiograph is conducted in advance to determine the exact location of blood vessels and the amount of scarring taking place. The outcome of this testing determines the type of laser treatment to be used.

Experimentation for new treatment techniques for macular degeneration is currently on the rise. IEI will remain in the forefront of research and clinical trials for new techniques in order to provide our patients with state-of-the-art care as it becomes available.

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