Treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Amongst many drugs, ranibizumab has gained a lot of popularity for the treatment of AMD.  This drug is injected into the eye and can be used to treat many other conditions as well. This drug prevents the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye and thus prevents leakage and bleeding and reduces swelling in the retina. Another drug that is used is Avastin ( bevacizumab) which can be shared between patients and has been in use since 2005.

How does Ranibizumab work?

Abnormal blood vessels need a chemical called VEGF to grow. Ranibizumab slows the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye.

What conditions can be treated with Ranibizumab?

  • – Wet age-related macular degeneration
  • – Swelling of the retina called macular edema
  • – Diabetic retinopathy
  • – Retinal vein occlusion
  • – Myopic choroidal neovascular membranes


What happens during treatment?

The injection must be given in the eye. The eye is made numb, and an injection is given into the eye. The eye is cleaned well and this is done in the operation theater. The injection is painless. One may see the small black spot of the injection, and this disappears in a day or two.

What are the risks of treatment?

  • – Red eyes
  • – Irritation
  • – Foreign body sensation
  • – Floaters

These are transient and disappear soon. Serious side effects like infection, and retinal detachment is very rare.

Overall, this treatment is very effective and has brought hope to many affected by this eye disease.

Dr. Ramesh Murthy at AXIS EYE CLINIC has more than 20 years of experience and has trained at the best eye institutes in India and abroad. His vast experience helps him in tackling the most complex cases with ease. He has a pleasant demeanour and is frank and honest in revealing to the patients beforehand what to expect and what the result will be. He is positive, friendly, and always has a determination to do the best for the patient.

Dr Ramesh Murthy is a renowned eye surgeon and one of the best cataract surgeons of Pune, well-known for his excellent results. He is considered among the best eye specialists in Pune. He is also among the best oculoplasty and best squint surgeons in the city of Pune. He is available at Axis Eye Clinic, Pune which is among the best eye clinics in Pune. The staff at Axis Eye Clinic are well versed with Mediclaim and insurance procedures and are always there to help you. Axis Eye Clinic is empanelled for cashless eye surgery with all insurance companies and has facilities for Bajaj Finance.

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