Wet macular degeneration care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic retinal experts collaborate with other specialists to provide care for the whole person. The goal is to improve your quality of life by preserving as much eyesight as possible and preventing further deterioration of your vision. And when you need help dealing with vision loss, you can work with Mayo's low vision experts.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Highly skilled Mayo retinal specialists use advanced diagnostic tools and offer treatment options for when medications alone don't help, such as photodynamic therapy and laser surgery that destroys the abnormal blood vessels under the retina.

Expertise and rankings

Expertise and experience

Mayo Clinic eye doctors (ophthalmologists) have extensive experience, treating nearly 2,000 people with wet macular degeneration each year. Ophthalmologists trained in retinal diseases evaluate and treat people with macular degeneration.

Staff at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, treat more than 1,300 people with wet macular degeneration each year. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, more than 450 people are treated each year. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, nearly 100 people are treated each year.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked high performing for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 24, 2015
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