Bowie retina surgeon

Bowie Retina Surgeon

Avastin in Bowie

Avastin is an effective method for treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in its wet form, a progressive eye disease that affects people age 40 and older, and is the most common cause of vision loss after 60. At The Retina Group of Washington, you know you’re in the best possible hands because we’re specialists in retinal disorders, of which AMD is one.

The macula is a the small part at the center of the retina. As it degenerates, your central vision begins to disappear, with the ultimate result being a complete loss of the middle field of vision, leaving you only the sides. Dry AMD accounts for roughly 90% of cases, leaving wet AMD at about 10%, for which our Bowie retina surgeon can utilize Avastin. This is a prescription medication that has become available after approval from the FDA. It’s been determined to be safe and effective for treatment of wet AMD, even though it was originally intended to be used for cancer treatment, and still is used for that purpose. The goal of Avastin is to slow the progress of AMD, since this is an eye disease that cannot be cured. How does it do this? By blocking the growth of abnormal blood vessels. Not everyone will be a good candidate for it, but the first step is, of course, diagnosis. It is highly recommended that anyone at least 40 years old have a yearly screening for AMD, since it does not have any noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. The use of Avastin may be combined with some lifestyle changes and vision-enhancing devices to allow you to retain the maximum vision possible.

Please schedule an appointment to come in and be examined by our Bowie retina surgeon to find out if Avastin is the right choice for your wet AMD.

16901 Melford Blvd, Suite 111
Bowie, MD 20715
(301) 637-4925

Bowie Eye Surgeon

Avastin 20715

Bowie eye surgeon

Bowie eye surgeon

Here at The Retina Group of Washington, one of the most common services our Bowie eye surgeon provides for our patients is the administering of an eye injection called Avastin. Avastin is a common treatment that our Bowie eye surgeon uses with patients who have a condition called wet age related macular degeneration. When you have wet age related macular degeneration, abnormal blood vessels can begin to form in the retina, and can even burst. These symptoms can be completely devastating and destructive to your vision. In order for these abnormal blood vessels to grow in your eye, your body needs to be producing a chemical called vascular endothelial growth factor, which is commonly referred to as VEGF. When our Bowie eye surgeon administers Avastin to the patients here at The Retina Group of Washington, the Avastin works by slowing the production of that chemical, which then prevents the abnormal blood cells form forming and proliferating in your retina. Before our Bowie eye surgeon begins the procedure, we will first carefully clean your eye in order to prevent any infections. Next, our Bowie eye surgeon will use an anesthetic to numb your eye so that you will not experience any pain. From there, our Bowie eye surgeon will insert the needle to administer the Avastin into your eye. You may need to receive many Avastin treatments over several months in order to complete the treatment plan designated for your needs.

If you would like to learn more about Avastin or any of the other many services that our Bowie eye surgeon has to offer, we highly recommend that you visit the main The Retina Group of Washington website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can assist you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of staff directly. You can reach us by giving us a call here at the office, or by sending us a message online. We look forward to working with you soon here at The Retina Group of Washington.

16901 Melford Blvd, Suite 111
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301.637.4925