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A breakthrough technology viz Photodynamic therapy using non-thermal laser, for treating Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has been achieved by the LV Prasad Eye Institute. The first non-thermal laser required for Photodynamic therapy treats AMD, a condition of the eye responsible for the progressive decrease of the central vsion.

Dr Tara Prasad,
Director of Kannuri Santamma Retina Vitreous Centre and Director of Medical Services, LV Prasad Eye Institute told that AMD could damage the vision of the eye if left untreated. He said potential preserving therapies like photodynamic therapy would provide the answer. The new therapy will help slow down the inevitable progression towards loss of central vision.

But What is (AMD)? AMD is a common eye disease associated with ageing that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that it will have little effect on their vision as they age. But in others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes.
AMD occurs in two forms: Dry and Wet AMD. Ninety percent of the people with AMD have the Dry type. Studies have suggested that in dry AMD, a portion of the retina becomes diseased, leading to a slow breakdown of the light-sensing cells in the macula and a gradual loss of central vision. Wet AMD, though affecting only 10 percent of AMD patients, accounts for 90 percent of all blindness from the disease. The description of eye

Who is most likely to get AMD? Although AMD may occur during middle age, studies show that people over 60 are clearly at greater risk than other age groups. For instance, a large study found that people in middle age have about a 2 percent risk of getting AMD, but this risk increases to nearly 30 percent in those over
75 years in age.

Medical experts estimate that every year approximately five lakh cases of wet AMD are diagnosed the world over. Wet AMD is the more serious form of AMD and is responsible for the loss of vision. That makes L.V.Prasad Eye Institute's discovery more welcome.


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