Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment

Non-neovascular AMD is usually not treated. Instead, people are monitored for the possible development of neovascular AMD. Based on results from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, people with intermediate non-neovascular AMD in one or both eyes or advanced AMD in one eye might consider taking supplemental antioxidants and zinc to slow the progression of the disease.

These supplements are available commercially as products called Ocuvite PreserVision and ICaps AREDS Formula. Check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Neovascular AMD, in some cases, can be improved with treatment.

Low-Vision Aids & AMD

In people with AMD, low-vision aids can help optimize remaining vision and improve the ability to perform daily activities. Some examples of low-vision aids are telescopes, closed-circuit televisions (a small television camera is mounted on a movable tray; documents or other objects are moved under the camera and viewed on a small monitor), magnifying glasses, clocks and phones with large numbers, and large-print reading materials.

Telescopes and closed-circuit televisions require an evaluation and prescription from an eye-care professional as well as training in how to use them. A tiny telescope that is implanted in the eye is also now available for certain patients.

Publication Review By: Susan B. Bressler, M.D., Harry A. Quigley, M.D., Oliver D. Schein, M.D., M.P.H.

Published: 02 Mar 2011

Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015