Fast Five Quiz: Exudative (Wet) Age-Related Macular Degeneration Management

F. Ryan Prall, MD

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November 05, 2020

Figure 1. Wet age-related macular degeneration, illustration.

Clinical studies have established VEGF as a key mediator in ocular angiogenesis. In clinical trials, particular attention has focused on the development of pharmaceutical agents to block or neutralize VEGF expression.

Intravitreal injection with anti-VEGF therapy has become the standard treatment for choroidal neovascular membranes (CNVs) associated with wet AMD. Treatment options in wet AMD include bevacizumab, which is a full-length anti-VEGF antibody; ranibizumab, which is an affinity-matured fragment; pegaptanib; aflibercept, another anti-VEGF trap; and brolucizumab, a single-chain Fv antibody fragment. With the exception of bevacizumab, which is commonly used on an off-label basis, all of the other aforementioned drugs are FDA-approved to treat AMD.

Learn more about the use of VEGF inhibitors in wet AMD.

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