Experience. Mayo Clinic eye doctors (ophthalmologists) have extensive experience, treating more than 3,540 people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) each year. Ophthalmologists trained in retinal diseases evaluate and treat people with macular degeneration.
Staff at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota treats more than 2,000 people with macular degeneration each year. At Mayo Clinic in Florida, more than 870 people are treated each year. More than 670 people are treated each year at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
- Team approach. Ophthalmologists work with other specialists to design a treatment plan to meet your needs. The goal is to improve your quality of life by preserving as much eyesight as possible and preventing further deterioration of your vision. Ophthalmologists at Mayo Clinic have the advantage of rapid consultation with other specialists within Mayo Clinic when needed.
- Latest diagnostic tests. Mayo Clinic doctors use the latest technology to diagnose AMD, including imaging tests such as fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography.
- Advanced treatments. Mayo Clinic offers the most advanced treatments for AMD. For example, treatment for wet AMD may include the injection of a medication directly into the eye to shrink and decrease leakage from abnormal blood vessels, an intravenous injection of a medication that is activated in the macula using a special laser beam (photodynamic therapy), or a different type of laser surgery that destroys the abnormal blood vessels under the retina (laser therapy).
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Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked high performing for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.
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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
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