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The treatment recommended for your macular degeneration will depend on whether you have juvenile or adult-onset, and whether it is wet or dry, as well as other important factors about you. The goal of treatment is to reduce visual and functional impairment.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Surgery
Alternative or complementary therapies
Other treatments

There are currently no oral medications for the treatment of macular degeneration.

References:

American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home.html .

American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Eye Care America website. Available at: http://www.eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/conditions/macular-degeneration/index.cfm .

American Macular Degeneration Foundation website. Available at: http://www.macular.org/ .



Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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