Anti-vegf (Developments in Ophthalmology) by F. Bandello, M. Battaglia Parodi, A.J. Augustin, P. Iacono,

By F. Bandello, M. Battaglia Parodi, A.J. Augustin, P. Iacono, R.O. Schlingemann, U. Schmidt-Erfurth, F.D. Verbraak

The improvement of treatment with anti-angiogenics or vascular endothelial progress issue inhibitors (anti-VEGF) has marked the start of a brand new period in neovascularization and macular edema therapy. Its major targets are the inhibition of progress and improvement of recent vessels besides the relief of vascular permeability. the benefits over traditional laser photocoagulation are glaring as laser therapy constantly leaves scars and motives a retinal sensitivity deterioration. beginning with an overview of remedy rules, this quantity covers all facets of anti-VEGF remedy for ophthalmological problems. particularly, particular chapters are devoted to age-related macular degeneration, degenerative myopia, angioid streaks, inflammatory illnesses, hereditary dystrophies, retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy, ocular tumors, in addition to anterior phase neovascularization. The publication supplies an replace at the software of anti-VEGF in ocular illnesses to basic ophthalmologists in addition to retina experts.

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Improvements in VA and a decrease in macular thickness as assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) have been reported from these trials. The drug was well tolerated by the patients and no serious ocular adverse events occurred except that the treatment was associated with elevated blood pressure, which required antihypertensive medication. Geitzenauer et al. 5 and 5 mg/kg intravenous bevacizumab in patients with neovascular AMD and reported similar improvements of these parameters in both treatment groups.

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The initial administration of intravitreal ranibizumab induced a significant effect on intra- and subretinal fluid and visual function; subsequent injections had a less pronounced effect. The change in morphology and function was only significant between baseline and week 1, while there were no significant additional morphological or functional benefits following the second and third injection. Similar results were reported from Ahlers et al. [94] in a prospective case series analyzing the effect of 3-monthly doses of ranibizumab on retinal morphology and visual outcome in patients with AMD.

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