Protect your vision with Age-Related Macular Degeneration treatment in Brisbane

Discover how our personalised treatments can help you take control of your vision so you can enjoy life

Don’t let anything stop you from accomplishing your goals

Join thousands of Queenslanders in learning more about age-related macular degeneration and what it means for you

Take control

Take control of your body and find out how you can prevent one of the most common causes of irreversible vision loss.

Lift the weight from your shoulders

Hearing you have age-related macular degeneration can be scary but it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all the things you love. Our doctors can guide you through the diagnosis and treatment options where appropriate.

Re-build your world

Improve your confidence with your normal day-to-day activities and reconnect with the people in your life.1Mitchell J, Bradley C. Quality of life in age-related macular degeneration: a review of the literature. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2006;4:97. Published 2006 Dec 21. doi:10.1186/1477-7525-4-97

Your life has no limitations

Treatment of age-related macular degeneration means you can continue to enjoy the things you love.

Take Control

Take  control of your body and find out how you can prevent one of the most common causes of irreversible vision loss.

Lift the weight from your shoulders

Hearing you have age-related macular degeneration can be scary but it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all the things you love. Our doctors can guide you through the diagnosis and treatment options where appropriate.

Re-build your world

Improve your confidence with your normal day-to-day activities and reconnect with the people in your life.

Your life has no limitations

Treatment of age-related macular degeneration means you can continue to experience new opportunities.

Leading the way in expert eyecare

The OKKO Eye Specialist Centre team is highly experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a comprehensive range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular diseases

Take the first step to get more clarity from your vision and confidence in your life

Book a consultation, and one of our Brisbane eye experts will guide you towards the very best treatment for your eyes so you can get the results you’re looking for

Useful information about macular degeneration treatment

Macular degeneration treatment suitability criteria

We will diagnose your condition by reviewing your medical and family history and conducting a complete eye exam.

How macular degeneration treatment works

AMD treatment

Depending on the type of AMD you have, treatments may help slow disease progression (as in the case of dry AMD) or alternatively, preserve existing vision and recover some lost vision if started early enough (as in the case of wet AMD).

Dry AMD

Currently, there is no treatment for dry AMD. However, you can slow its progression by taking vitamin supplements, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, and not smoking.

If your dry AMD is advanced and vision has already been impacted, you may benefit from:

  • Low vision rehabilitation to help you find ways to adapt to your changing vision
  • Certain surgeries (eg. implanting a telescopic lens which will help magnify your field of vision)

Wet AMD

Anti-VEGF injections

Anti-VEGF injections can slow the growth of new abnormal and leaking blood vessels. They do this by hindering the effects of growth hormone signals that are generated in the eye due to wet AMD. When these blood vessels are unable to leak, the fluid that has entered the macula can resolve and macular function can resume. This may help to stabilise and improve vision. Injections are performed on an anaesthetised eye and there is no significant discomfort associated with this procedure.

Anti-VEGF agents are controlling treatments and are not considered a cure. Therefore, regular treatments are required for continuous control of the condition and to allow vision to be maintained.

Initially, we usually administer anti-VEGFtreatments on a four weekly regime for an induction period of approximately three months. Following the induction period and successful response to the medication, we may extend the treatment over proceeding intervals. Some patients may then only require treatment at 12 weekly intervals.

We need to readminister anti-VEGF medications at these intervals due to the ongoing production of the VEGF growth hormone that is produced by the body. When the injected medication has been completely used up, abnormal vessels may regrow and leak, and this is an indication that further treatment is required. Ultimately, the rate of intervals for treatment depends on the rate your body produces the growth hormone, in relation to how fast the medication is used up.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • Stabilised and improved eyesight
  • Usually maintained independence
  • Quick and comfortable procedure

Disadvantages

  • Ongoing treatment is required

Macular degeneration treatment risks

There are some risks associated with having these injections. These include minor complications such as a small surface bleed from a burst blood vessel at the site of the injection (this has no impact on vision and self-resolves), mild eye irritation, or a small floater in the vision usually caused by a bubble of air being pushed through from the syringe.

There is a low risk of less than 1% of cases having a serious complication. These risks are infection in the eye known as endophthalmitis and retinal detachment. Symptoms of endophthalmitis include loss of vision and commonly (but not always) pain. Those experiencing a retinal detachment often note symptoms such as an arc of flashing light in the peripheral area of vision, multiple floating spots/lines/“clumps” in the vision that seem to move around, and on occasion a “curtain” coming across the field of vision. If you notice any of these symptoms following the injections, we recommend you call the OKKO Eye Specialist Centre immediately.

Other risks include the accelerated formation of cataract if you have not already had cataract surgery.

There is also a risk of your condition being unresponsive to medication.

Options and alternatives

Wet age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is almost always treated with intravitreous anti-VEGF injections, however other options could also include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Eye surgery (pars plana vitrectomy — this is where we remove the vitreous gel in the eye. In the case of wet AMD, this is done when there has been a bleed into the vitreous causing loss of vision)

Macular degeneration treatment steps

Anti-VEGF injections

Step 1: We apply a local anaesthetic to numb the eye, and clean the eye with antiseptic substances

Step 2: We use a tiny needle (0.31mm in size) attached to a syringe of medication for the injection.

Macular degeneration treatment results

These medicines are effective in preventing further central vision loss in up to 90% of treated eyes.

How to get help from our team of eye experts

Get the expert eye treatment you need in 3 easy steps

Step 1 – Reach out

Give us a call on: 07 3725 0222 and we’ll guide you towards an initial consultation.

Step 2 – We’ll meet

During your initial consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and examination to make an accurate assessment of the issue at hand.

Step 3 – Your vitality restored

We will treat you at one of our state-of-the-art Brisbane eye clinic facilities, with the aim of giving you the optimism and confidence to re-engage with life. 

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OKKO aims to provide life-changing vision transformation to patients

Insurers

We’ve got you covered, OKKO is pleased to work with all the insurers below:
  • Australian Unity

  • ACA

  • CBHS

  • CBHS Corporate

  • CDH

  • CUA Health

  • Doctors’ Health

  • Emergency Services

  • GMHBA

  • GU Health Corporate

  • HBF

  • HCI

  • Health Partners

  • Health.com.au

  • HIF

  • Latrobe

  • MDHF

  • MO Health

  • Navy Health

  • Nurses and Midwives

  • Onemedifund

  • Peoplecare

  • Phoenix

  • Police

  • QCH

  • Reserve Bank

  • RT Health Fund

  • St Lukes

  • Teachers Health

  • Teachers Health

  • Westfund

Insurers

We’ve got you covered! We are registered with all the major insurers in Australia.

Links to authoritative resources on macular degeneration treatment

Researchers examined the 5-year outcomes of using drugs Avastin and Lucentis to treat age-related macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

Our Brisbane eye specialists

We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible eye health and vision outcomes

Dr Nick Toalster, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am an ophthalmologist with advanced training in cataract, corneal and glaucoma microsurgeries. As both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, I am particularly well placed to lead the emerging field of eye disease management.

Dr. Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

I am a specialist ophthalmic microsurgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist, and cataract surgeon. With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve precise results with the aim of helping patients regain their confidence and youthful energy.

Dr Eve Hsing

Dr Eve Hsing,
MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am a specialist in medical retinal conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and vascular occlusion, as well as general eye conditions such as cataracts and pterygium surgery. I take pride in taking the time to ensure my patients completely understand their eye condition(s) and treatment options.