Lege Artis Medicinae

[RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION]

SERES András István1

APRIL 22, 2008

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2008;18(04)

[Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. In the last few years, new therapeutic approaches such as photodynamic therapy and intravitreal injections of vascular endothelial growth factor antagonists were introduced that do not only prevent disease progression but also give the hope of vision improvement. Of the new diagnostic methods, the use of optical coherence tomography improves diagnosis and also permits the qualitative measurement of therapeutic effects. Given the current high price of the new drugs and the need for frequent re-treatments, a significant increase in the economic burden of the disease is foreseeable.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Szemészeti Klinika

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