Medical breakthrough in the treatment of eye disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Medical breakthrough in the treatment of eye disease

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It's called a medical breakthrough in the treatment of eye disease. The new drug, approved by the FDA, is called Jetrea.  It can help patients with a condition called Vitreo-Macular Adhesion or VMA. That's where the gel in the eye kind of sticks to the retina, which can block some vision and be really painful.

This drug finally gives patients an option besides surgery to separate the gel and the retina.  "This drug is really a significant step forward, it's the first drug in its class so it's really unique," said Dr. Alexander Eaton. 

After using a numbing agent, the drug is injected directly into the eye.  Jetrea can also be used on patients with holes in the retina. It is available now. Prices may vary according to insurance plans. If you'd like to learn more ,ask your eye doctor about Jetrea.

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