Photodynamic Laser Treatment
Photodynamic Laser Treatment (PDT) is an advanced laser therapy technique that is used to combat the effects of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by sealing abnormal blood vessels in the macula. PDT works by using a photosensitive medication called Visudyne, which is injected into the bloodstream via IV. When the Visudyne enters the retinal vascular system, a low-energy laser beam is used to activate the drug and seal the leaking blood vessels without harming the rest of the retinal cells.
Currently, PDT is only FDA-approved for the treatment of wet AMD and is only considered appropriate for patients with particularly active leaks of a specific size and definition. Your doctor will determine if PDT is the best treatment option for your unique needs or if another treatment is needed.