For patients who are losing the last of their central vision to wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD caused by abnormal neovascularization), Duke surgeons have refined a treatment called macular translocation surgery.
Based on the pioneering research by former Duke Eye Center chairman Robert Machemer, MD, and developed through further research by Cynthia Toth, MD, the goal of this surgery is to lift the macula away from underlying blood vessels and move it to a new, healthier location to restore central vision.
The procedure has helped many wet AMD patients who had little hope of seeing again to be able to resume daily activities.
The Duke Eye Center has established the Duke Center for Macular Diseases to develop and provide new forms of education, research, and patient care for those facing this sight-threatening disease.
The center takes a multidisciplinary team approach to its goal of improving care and quality of life for AMD patients and their families. The center strives to enhance existing AMD programs and services such as vision rehabilitation, clinical care, macular translocation surgery, and AMD research.
AMD is the most common cause of central vision loss in persons over age 55. Additional information on AMD is available at the Duke Center for Human Genetics.
Macular degeneration causes vision loss and scarring of the macula. This damage is eventually permanent, but only affects one central area of the retina.
Macular translocation surgery moves the macula away from the abnormal blood vessels onto a new location of healthier tissue. This procedure may maintain or recover central reading vision.
A patient may benefit from macular translocation surgery if he or she has central vision loss in one eye and the second eye has:
Who will not benefit from macular translocation surgery:
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For more information about macular translocation surgery for wet macular degeneration patients near Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and other areas of North Carolina, contact us at 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853).
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