Macugen® In San Diego, CA
Macugen® is an injectable treatment that can slow the progression of and treat neovascular age-related macular degeneration. The board-certified ophthalmologists at American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates are dedicated to ensuring you can see clearly and live comfortably with the most up-to-date diagnostic services and treatments. We are proud to offer Macugen® to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the neighboring communities of Imperial County, California.
What is Macugen®?
Macugen® is an anti-VEGF drug. VEGFs are proteins in the body that create new blood vessels. When the body produces too many VEGFs, it can create an abnormal formation of blood vessels that damage the eyes. VEGFs are one of the common causes of macular degeneration, which is why Macugen® is often used as a treatment for it.
Who is a good candidate for the Macugen® treatment?
Good candidates for the Macugen® treatment are patients who are suffering from wet AMD, a rarer form of macular degeneration that is more likely to cause severe vision loss. This is because this particular form of macular degeneration is most often caused and accelerated by blood vessel formation, which anti-VEGFs can treat.
How is the Macugen® treatment done?
Prior to the Macugen® treatment, a topical anesthetic will be placed on the eye. Then, the Macugen® formula will be injected into the eye, where it will limit the formation of harmful blood vessels. Typically, patients are encouraged to receive Macugen® treatments at six-week intervals to maximize the benefits of treatment.
What are the benefits of Macugen®?
Macugen® offers a quick injectable treatment for the management of wet AMD, with infrequent dosage requirements providing patients with a flexible treatment experience. The benefits of Macugen® are shown to be effective for up to two years, giving patients long-lasting relief to the symptoms and dangers of macular degeneration.
What are the risks associated with Macugen®?
Macugen® is used less often than other macular degeneration treatments because of its known risks and side effects, which include blurred vision, inflammation, swelling, irritation and spotty vision. However, it is still an approved and effective treatment for the long-term maintenance of wet AMD.
At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.