Advances In Treatment Benefiting Patients With Eye Diseases

USA Today (10/12, Marcus, Bello) reports, “Many advances in treatments — surgeries, medications and devices — are benefiting patients with eye diseases.” For example, “new treatments for wet macular degeneration include anti-angiogenesis drugs,” while “a high-dose antioxidant vitamin could slow the dry form” of AMD. Patients with diabetic retinopathy can also “benefit from the same anti-angiogenesis drugs” used by AMD patients. Meanwhile, “keratoprosthesis, a surgery approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1992 that replaces a damaged cornea with an artificial one, is becoming more refined,” and can help patients whose eyes have been damaged from trauma or disease.
Number Of Older Americans Undergoing Treatment For Retinal Conditions Doubled Over 10 Years. Bloomberg News (10/12, Cortez) reports, “The number of older Americans getting help for fading eyesight almost tripled by 2007 from a decade earlier as the nation aged,” according to a study published in the October issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.
HealthDay (10/11, Preidt) reported, “The number of older Americans undergoing treatment for retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy, nearly doubled between 1997 and 2007, with a significant shift in the types of procedures being performed,” the study found. To reach those conclusions, “researchers analyzed Medicare data from 1997 to 2007 and found that the number of retinal procedures increased 192 percent during that period.” Notably, “the largest increase in volume was seen in treatments for neovascular, or ‘wet,’ AMD,” primarily as intravitreal therapy as opposed to photodynamic therapy.

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