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What Can Statins Do for Dry AMD?

June 23, 2016

Statins are drugs that typically lower a person’s cholesterol levels by blocking a substance that aids the production of cholesterol in the body. Some of the more well-known statin drugs include atorvastatin Lipitor, rosuvastatin Crestor, and simvastatin Zocor – all of which have been discovered to have the ability to eliminate fatty deposits that have accumulated behind the retina.

A group of researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete recently conducted studies on the effects of statins on patients with dry age-related macular degeneration. The findings, which were published in the online medical journal, EBioMedicine, present a potentially viable treatment to dry AMD.

One of the research leaders, Dr. Demetrios Vavvas of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary mentioned a crucial factor in the efficacy of this treatment: dosage. He says that a high dose of statins is required to bring about the regression of lipid deposits in the eye.

Can Surgery Address AMD?

While there is no real cure to wet or dry age-related macular degeneration, laser surgery can sometimes slow down the process of central vision loss. Getting the surgery in the early stages of wet AMD is crucial in the preventing the progression of blindness.

In order to find out about treatments that can prevent further deterioration of your eyesight, seek the advice of the reliable eye care experts of OCLI, today.


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