Macular Degeneration Surgery

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Intro To Macular Degeneration Surgery

Intro To Macular Degeneration Surgery

Macular degeneration is not the end of vision! Although this condition is incurable and can cause central vision loss, you still can prevent further vision loss by undergoing laser surgery. As you may already know, there are two types of macular degeneration: dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD) and wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). The dry form accounts for around 80% of cases. Doctors prescribe medications and supplements to slow the progression of dry AMD. Meanwhile, they often prescribe medications and surgery to combat the wet AMD. Surgical options include laser surgery (laser photocoagulation and photodynamic therapy), retinal translocation, submacular surgery, and others.

Benefits of Macular Degeneration Surgery

Macular degeneration surgery can help you prevent further damage to the macula of the eye. Although laser surgery can’t totally cure this condition, it’s still helpful in many ways. In any case, here are the benefits of this surgery:

Benefits of Macular Degeneration Surgery
  • 1Slow down the progression of wet macular degeneration and proliferation of abnormal new blood vessels
  • 2Reduce vision loss and relief the severity of wet macular degeneration’s symptoms.
  • 3Provide a good alternative to medications, such as anti-VEGF medications
  • 4Doesn’t cause pain, can be performed quickly, and requires a short recovery

Candidates for Macular Degeneration Surgery

Your doctor must discuss all treatment options with you before jumping to surgery. They may suggest giving medications another chance, especially if the surgery is risky for your case. In any case, the preparation for this surgery is straightforward and includes:

 Candidates for Macular Degeneration Surgery
  • 1Perform eye examination and use special eye drops to dilate the eye
  • 2Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery

Steps of Macular Degeneration Surgery

Doctors often perform this surgery in outpatient settings and only need 30 minutes to complete it. You will sit in a chair and remain awake during the procedure. The exact steps differ according to the type of laser surgery, whether laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy. Nevertheless, the steps may involve the following:

1. Eye Dilation

1. Eye Dilation

Your doctor will use eye drops to dilate your eyes. They may also use anesthetic eye drops.

2. Laser Administration

2. Laser Administration

Your doctor will place a special lens in front of your eye to focus on the targeted area and start directing the laser at the affected areas to repair leaking blood vessels.

Recovery After Macular Degeneration Surgery

You can return home on the same day after the procedure. Remember the following instructions during the recovery phase:

Recovery After Macular Degeneration Surgery
  • 1Take enough rest and use the pain killers that your doctor will prescribe for you.
  • 2Wear an eye patch or sunglasses for a few days after the surgery.
  • 3You may experience blurry vision after laser photocoagulation. This is normal, but you must contact your doctor if eye inflammation or swelling continues.

Risks of Macular Degeneration Surgery

Unfortunately, laser surgery can destroy healthy tissue alongside leaky blood vessels. This is why doctors only perform it to repair blood vessels that don’t reside in the center of the vision. Laser surgery also can only treat 10–15% of wet AMD’s lesions. Photodynamic therapy is a better option than laser photocoagulation because it targets unhealthy blood vessels without damaging much surrounding tissue. The risks also include:

Risks of Macular Degeneration Surgery
  • 1Additional vision loss (often temporary)
  • 2Recurrence of blood vessels leaking
  • 3Light sensitivity

If you have wet AMD, you probably will be a good candidate for laser surgery. However, the outcomes may differ according to the features of your condition. laser photocoagulation in particular is often recommended for people who suffer from: Wet AMD that doesn’t respond to other medications or treatments Multiple leaky blood vessels in the eye but not in the center of the macula

The cost of macular degeneration surgery in Turkey is around 2500 US dollars.

The cost of macular degeneration surgery in Turkey varies from hospital to hospital. The price of macular degeneration surgery in Turkey includes the following costs: – Doctor’s fees – The anesthesia and the hospital costs – The patient’s meals – The nursing care – The cost of the intensive care unit (if needed)

The patient should wait two weeks after the surgery to see the results clearly.

The patient stays in the hospital for one day only.

Yes, the surgery is safe as only skilled doctors perform it.



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