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Carl Regillo, MD speaks with PBS on the treatment and upcoming research of Age-Related Macular Degeneration


Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older. Carl Regillo, MD spoke with PBS Living in the Lehigh Valley about the importance of regular eye exams to monitor and treat AMD as well as upcoming research. AMD is a degenerative condition of the macula, the center of the retina. There are two types of AMD; dry and wet. The early stages of dry AMD may not cause vision impairment. However dry AMD can transform into wet AMD, which can lead to central vision loss.
“Catching wet AMD early, we get our best vision outcomes. If it turns wet, that’s where a retina specialist gets involved to administer treatments,” said Dr. Regillo. Wet AMD is treated with anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor) injections.
“When we start these treatments, they’re so effective that over 90% of patients will not lose more vision,” said Dr. Regillo. The key to preventing vision loss from AMD is keeping on top of treatments through scheduling regular eye exams.
If you have been diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our retina specialists.
Watch the full segment from Living in the Lehigh Valley here: https://bit.ly/3P1lppe