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Treatments for Macular Degeneration

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Treatments for Macular Degeneration

The treatment for macular degeneration depends on the type and how severe it is. The goal of treatment is to slow the disease. It is also to reduce vision loss and its effects on functioning.

Early dry macular degeneration is often treated with a healthful diet.

More advanced dry macular degeneration is treated with supplements. The supplements have high amounts of certain vitamins and minerals.

For wet macular degeneration, several different procedures are used. They involve treating the abnormal blood vessels. Surgery may be done in the late stage to help the person see better.

Treatment involves the following:

There are currently no oral medicines to treat this condition.


  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/age-related-macular-degeneration-amd.
  • Age-related macular degeneration. National Eye Institute (NEI) website. Available at: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/age-related-macular-degeneration.


  • Mark Arredondo, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.