New and improved treatment for macular degeneration at St. Anthony Hospital

How it works:
Vision loss in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is caused by the growth of abnormal, leaky blood vessels that eventually damage the macula (area of the eye responsible for central vision). EYLEA is a protein engineered to block vaso-endothelial growth factors (VEGF), which are proteins that promote abnormal blood vessel growth. EYLEA has a similar safety and efficacy profile to its predecessors. The difference in the treatment regimen of EYLEA and other VEGF inhibitors is that EYLEA is approved for administration every 8 weeks as opposed to the current anti-VEGF treatments with recommended injections being more-frequent. The decrease in treatment frequency should result in fewer doctor visits, decreased cost, and greater convenience for the individuals receiving the injections.

Quotes:
"With this newly-approved macular degeneration treatment, I now can offer my patients similar results when compared to the previous anti-VEGF medications with regards to stabilizing or improving vision, but with a welcome decrease in dosing frequency which has been proven to be just as effective; this helps to take the guesswork out of when to start tapering treatment, a question on every patients mind," said Nalin Mehta, MD.

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Nalin Mehta, MD

About Dr. Mehta
Dr. Mehta is a practicing Retinal Surgeon at the Colorado Retina Center in Denver. He Graduated Magna cum Laude from Union College, NY with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Philosophy. He received his MD from Albany Medical College, and did his Retinal fellowship at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans. He was the recipient of the Harold A. Larrabee Prize in Philosophy, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The author of numerous publications and presentations, he presently serves as Chairman of the Colorado Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

About St. Anthony Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital is nationally recognized for its renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics. St. Anthony Hospitals expert team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers provide unparalleled medical care for patients and access to the latest in medical technology. St Anthony Hospital is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network. For more information on the new St. Anthony Medical Campus, please visit www.stanthonyhhosp.org or follow the hospital via Twitter @stahospital and facebook.com/stahospital.