New Drugs Provide Hope for Those with Macular Degeneration

Going blind is many people's biggest fear.

The older we get, we are more likely to develop age related macular degeneration.

Tom O'cConnor couldn't figure out what was going on with his eyes.

When he tried to read, there was a large blank hole in the center of his vision.

Had this happened a year ago, Tom would've lost his eyesight.

But a medical breakthrough with the drugs lucentis and avastin are making a world of difference. "One out of three patients had a significant visual improvement with lucentis. They were regaining driving, regaining the ability to see faces of people, their ability to work, really their ability to function as a normal individual," says Ophthalmologist, Dr. Richard Kaiser.

The drugs are injected into the eye, and bind to a substance called “veg f.”

Those most likely to get macular degeneration are people with a family history, high blood pressure and smokers.

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