Clinical trial data focusing on treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been a highlight at many recent ophthalmology meetings. Here are a few of the latest clinical trials that physicians need to be aware.
Although a proven treatment therapy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) requires frequent, costly anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections. Some pharmaceutical companies do have patient-assistance programs to help alleviate the financial burden.
Research on treatments and/or causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) covers a wide range of approaches and paradigms. The latest research published in the past three months are perfect examples for understanding and treating AMD.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of significant visual acuity loss in people over the age of 50 in developed countries. Almost 80% of the people diagnosed with AMD will have the non-neovascular (dry) or atrophic subtypes. Here is the clinical information patients need to understand this disease.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Pattern on Age-Related Macular Degeneration “are based on the best available scientific data as interpreted by panels of knowledgeable health professionals.” These patterns offer solid clinical guidelines for treating and counseling AMD patients.
Two of the top 10 “most-talked-about” articles in JAMA Ophthalmology are about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One of the current top 5 “most-read” articles in the American Journal of Ophthalmology is also about AMD.
Here are a brief synopsis of those three papers.
A well-known dilemma surrounding AMD is that there lacks a universally accepted treatment regimen with anti-VEGF injections. The balance between optimal visual outcomes and treatment burden has led some specialists to embrace the treat-and-extend regimen over monthly treatments.
Since February is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness month. For healthcare providers, there are numerous resources available to help promote awareness to patients and to encourage patients to continue (or start) annual visual exams.
Topline results from phase III studies investigating intravitreal brolucizumab (Novartis) for treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) support the potential of this novel anti-VEGF antibody to meet the real-world need for an alternative agent with a sustainable therapeutic regimen.