Therapeutic Options Under Development for Nonneovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic, multifactorial disease and a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the elderly population in the Western Hemisphere. Among the two major subtypes of AMD, the prevalence of the nonneovascular (dry) type is approximately 85-90% and the neovascular (wet) type is 10-15%. Healthy lifestyle and nutritional supplements of anti-oxidative micronutrients have been shown to delay the progression of dry AMD and lower the risk of development of wet AMD, and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections have been shown to improve visual acuity for wet AMD patients. However, to date, there is no approved treatment for geographic atrophy (GA), a debilitating late stage of dry AMD. Thus, this represents a large unmet need in this patient population. This review focuses on the current management and treatment of nonneovascular AMD, the drugs and devices that have been under investigation for the treatment of GA, and the latest clinical trial results. A few therapeutic options have shown initial promising clinical trial results, but failed to show efficacy in larger trials, while others are awaiting future clinical trial results and long-term follow-up to evaluate safety and efficacy.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, J-B; Lad, EM

Published Date

  • January 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 27

PubMed ID

  • 33355716

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1179-1969

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s40266-020-00822-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • New Zealand