February is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month.

Over 1.5 million Americans have AMD, and that number will increase to over 5 million Americans by 2050. Besides consumers and patients, eye care providers also should be “aware” of the clinical information and programs available for their patients. Physicians also should actively urge patients and consumers to have an annual eye exam in an effort to control AMD.

As a part of AMD Awareness Month, Modern Retina and Ophthalmology Times have developed a series of weekly eNewsletters that contain information physicians can provide for patients, as well as useful clinical information they can incorporate into their practices.

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Resolve patient confusion with AMD awareness, understandingAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of significant visual acuity loss in people over the age of 50 in developed countries. Almost 80% of the people diagnosed with AMD will have the non-neovascular (dry) or atrophic subtypes. Here is the clinical information patients need to understand this disease.
Latest research brings awareness to new AMD discoveriesResearch on treatments and/or causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) covers a wide range of approaches and paradigms. The latest research published in the past three months are perfect examples for understanding and treating AMD.
Most-talked-about journal articles bring ‘awareness’ to AMDTwo of the top 10 “most-talked-about” articles in JAMA Ophthalmology are about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One of the current top 5 “most-read” articles in the American Journal of Ophthalmology is also about AMD. Here are a brief synopsis of those three papers.
AAO practice patterns offers ‘awareness’ to proper AMD treatmentThe American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Pattern on Age-Related Macular Degeneration “are based on the best available scientific data as interpreted by panels of knowledgeable health professionals.” These patterns offer solid clinical guidelines for treating and counseling AMD patients.
Are you aware of the available resources for AMD?Since February is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness month. For healthcare providers, there are numerous resources available to help promote awareness to patients and to encourage patients to continue (or start) annual visual exams.
Systematic review brings awareness to treat-and-extend for AMDA well-known dilemma surrounding AMD is that there lacks a universally accepted treatment regimen with anti-VEGF injections. The balance between optimal visual outcomes and treatment burden has led some specialists to embrace the treat-and-extend regimen over monthly treatments.
Topical squalamine offers novel, promising therapy for nAMD
Intravitreal brimonidine holds promise for slowing GA growthBrimonidine Drug Delivery System (Brimo DDS) in an intravitreally administered, sustained-release implant (Allergan) shows promise as a treatment for geographic atrophy (GA), secondary to age-related macular degeneration in a phase IIa clinical trial.
Novel brolucizumab fosters as real-world alternative for nAMDTopline results from phase III studies investigating intravitreal brolucizumab (Novartis) for treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) support the potential of this novel anti-VEGF antibody to meet the real-world need for an alternative agent with a sustainable therapeutic regimen.
Role of corticosteroids uncertain in AMD managementThere is no doubt that inflammation is a component of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and yet the role of corticosteroid treatment in the management of eyes with AMD remains uncertain, said Marc de Smet, MD, PhD.