July 21, 2022
Advisory Statement: Regarding Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation) for Macular Degeneration
Discussion: Patients with early dry macular degeneration often have relatively normal vision. As the disease progresses to advanced stages, patients can have both a gradual and/or sudden loss of central vision. There are no proven pharmacologic treatments for dry ARMD, however age-related eye disease study (AREDS) vitamin supplementation has been shown in large, randomized trials to decrease the risk of progressing to advanced macular degeneration. Canadian patients have coverage and access to effective, large randomized clinical trial-proven pharmacologic treatments for wet macular degeneration.