Laser therapy (2008) improves vision in patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration

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Researchers conducted a clinical trial on 203 patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and measured whether symptoms and distortions improved after low level laser therapy treatment and continuing for a period of between 3 and 36 months.

They found that the occurrence of metamorphopsia (distorted vision), scotoma (partially diminished vision), and dyschromatopsia (distortion of color vision) was reduced.

In patients with wet AMD, edema and bleeding improved. The improved vision was maintained for 3-36 months after treatment. Visual acuity in the control group remained unchanged. No adverse effects were observed in those undergoing therapy.

Researchers: University of Heidelberg, Germany

Published: Photomed Laser Surg 2008 Jun 26(3) 241-5