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What next when Lucentis stops working?

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quietbatperson Sun 05-Jul-15 20:17:53

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motherinferior Sun 05-Jul-15 20:23:48

I'm really sorry. There are a couple of other anti-VEGFs: Avastin, which isn't approved formally for macular degeneration but appears to do the job, and another newer one whose name escapes me - but as far as I understand it, those are the only treatments at the moment.

motherinferior Sun 05-Jul-15 20:27:12

There are a couple of laser treatments too - can't remember much about them at the moment (am on mobile)...

stayathomegardener Sun 05-Jul-15 20:30:30

Could you have the sterroid implant? I am surprised they are not pushing that as itis a cheaper opion.
I do know there is a risk with that if you have glaucoma

quietbatperson Sun 05-Jul-15 20:33:07

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quietbatperson Sun 05-Jul-15 20:34:13

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quietbatperson Sun 05-Jul-15 20:39:21

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stayathomegardener Sun 05-Jul-15 22:42:59

My only knowledge is taking my 82 year old neighbour to hospital for Avastin/ Lucentis injections for the last two years.
She had bleeds behind the eyes but her vision is furthur weakened by the resulting inflamation which is roughly controlled by the injections.
The steroid injection would slowly release over time so should control it better and would save the hospital money but she has glaucoma too so not reccomended.
We had a private consultation with a brilliant specialist to confirm her best option as it really is a minefield before going back to the NHS to continue treatment (private injections would work out at around £12,000 a year!)

quietbatperson Mon 06-Jul-15 18:55:46

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