LUCENTIS treatment

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Why is it important to stay on track with LUCENTIS for wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD)?

Keep in mind that while vision improvement is one goal of treatment, another is to maintain* the vision you already have.

*Maintain is defined as losing less than 15 letters on an eye chart exam after 12 months of treatment.

Remember:

Wet AMD is a chronic condition that requires long-term care. That’s why LUCENTIS and vision changes were studied over the course of 2 years in clinical trials.

Everyone responds differently to LUCENTIS, so seeing your Retina Specialist regularly can make a difference in understanding your wet AMD and progress with LUCENTIS.

If you stop going to treatment without guidance from your Retina Specialist, wet AMD may worsen. Be sure to stick with your treatment plan.

How do I know if LUCENTIS is helping with my wet AMD?

Follow-up appointments with your Retina Specialist are key to tracking your progress with LUCENTIS and its impact on your vision problems.

What you can do

Using an Amsler grid and a journal, you can track your wet AMD. Look at the Amsler grid, record your observations, and discuss them with your Retina Specialist.

Without wet AMD, the Amsler grid looks like graph paper with black lines and a dot at the center. 

With wet AMD, the grid may appear wavy with broken or distorted lines and dark blurry areas, especially in the center.

While looking at the Amsler grid, note any blurring or blind spots. Write down what you see, and discuss your observations with your doctor.

What your Retina Specialist can do

Your Retina Specialist may track your progress with LUCENTIS with eye chart exams and special pictures of the back of your eye. Two types of pictures your Retina Specialist may take are:

  • Optical coherence tomography (OP-tih-KULL co-HERE-intz tuh-MOG-ruh-FEE), or  OCT
  • Fluorescein angiography (floor-ESS-een ann-gee-AH-gruh-fee), or  FA 

 

OCT takes pictures of the retina and shows
its thickness 

FA shows the blood vessels in the back of the eye

FA includes a small injection of dye in the arm that highlights blood vessels in the back of your eye.

 

Where can I find more information?

Download this helpful guide for more information about LUCENTIS:

Staying on Track

For patients and caregivers: Learn about staying on track with LUCENTIS

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If you think you are experiencing problems with vision from wet AMD, make an appointment with a Retina Specialist right away.

If you do not have a Retina Specialist, speak to your primary care physician or ophthalmologist about a referral

Patient support for people with wet AMD

Or call 1-866-LUCENTIS (1-866-582-3684), Monday through Friday, 9 AM-8 PM ET.

Knowing what to expect for your LUCENTIS treatment