Treatment depends on the type of AMD you have.

What the different types mean
Types of AMD
Caused by a build-up of a fatty substance called drusen at the back of the eyes Caused by the growth of abnormal blood vessels at the back of the eyes
Common Less common
Gets worse gradually – usually over several years Can get worse quickly – sometimes in days or weeks
No treatment – unless it develops into wet AMD Treatment can help stop vision getting worse

Anti-VEGF medicines – ranibizumab (Lucentis), aflibercept (Eylea) and brolucizumab (Beovu)

Injections given directly into the eyes:

Macular Society: injections for wet AMD

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

A light is shined at the back of the eyes to destroy the abnormal blood vessels that cause wet AMD:

Find out more about photodynamic therapy

Research into new treatments

Research into new treatments for AMD is ongoing. Your specialist can let you know if there are any studies you could take part in.

You can also search the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) to find studies.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2019
Next review due: 1 August 2019