The Eye Foundation: Your Trusted Partner for Vitreoretinal Care
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a combination of light and a photosensitizing agent to destroy abnormal cells or blood vessels in the eye. This treatment is particularly effective for treating vision-threatening eye conditions, such as:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC)
- Choroidal neovascularization (CNV)
- Recurrent pyogenic choroiditis (RPC)
- Presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (POHS)
How PDT Works
PDT involves a three-step process:
- Administration of a photosensitizing agent: The photosensitizing agent, usually verteporfin (Visudyne®), is injected into a vein in the arm. This agent circulates throughout the body and accumulates in abnormal cells or blood vessels in the eye.
- Activation of the photosensitizing agent: After a period of time, the eyes are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, typically a non-thermal diode laser. The light activates the photosensitizing agent, causing it to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS).
- Destruction of abnormal cells or blood vessels: The ROS generated by the activated photosensitizing agent damages the abnormal cells or blood vessels, leading to their destruction.
Benefits of PDT
PDT offers several benefits over traditional treatments for vision-threatening eye conditions:
- Minimally invasive: PDT is a non-surgical procedure that does not require incisions or sutures.
- Targeted therapy: PDT selectively targets abnormal cells or blood vessels, minimizing damage to healthy tissue.
- Preserves vision: PDT can help stabilize vision and slow the progression of vision loss in many cases.
- Outpatient procedure: PDT is typically performed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to return home on the same day.
The Eye Foundation: Your Center for Excellence in Vitreoretinal Care
At The Eye Foundation, our team of experienced vitreoretinal specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for patients with vision-threatening eye conditions. We offer comprehensive PDT services, from initial diagnosis and treatment planning to ongoing monitoring and follow-up care.
Book an Appointment Today
If you are concerned about your vision, please schedule an appointment with our vitreoretinal specialists to discuss whether PDT is right for you. We are committed to helping you preserve your vision and enjoy a lifetime of clear sight.