Eylea for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Eylea is a medication injected into the eye to treat wet AMD. Studies have shown that it is equivalent to Lucentis for maintaining and improving vision. It has a higher binding affinity for VEGF than Lucentis and therefore might be a little stronger than Lucentis. Eylea might need to be given less frequently than Lucentis for wet AMD. A survey in 2014 of retina specialists suggests that most retina specialists in the US think that Eylea is a more effective than Lucentis at clearing subretinal fluid in patients with wet AMD.
Eylea is also expensive but costs a little less than Lucentis. There is a small risk of infection and bleeding with Eylea injections.
Eylea for Central Retinal Vein Occlusion
Monthly Eylea therapy is also helpful in improving vision in patients with central retinal vein occlusion and macular edema. Without treatment about 15 percent of have visual improvement. With treatment about 60 percent of patients have improved vision.
Eylea for Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion
Eylea was approved for treatment of branch retinal vein occlusion in late 2014. It is administered as an intravitreal injection monthly initially and then the treatment interval can be extended.