Seeking a Cure for Macular Degeneration

November 30, 2018 by Elizabeth   |   Leave a Comment

Dr. Ambati and CAVS (Center for Advanced Vision Science) has recently been featured on UVA Illimitable talking about their macular degeneration research.

“If macular degeneration were a country, it would be the eighth-most populated nation in the world,” said UVA’s Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati. Put plainly, macular degeneration means hundreds of millions of people are at risk of going blind.

Through collaboration, Dr. Ambati and his team found that macular degeneration patients have an excess of Alu, a toxic molecule similar to HIV. Testing antiretrovirals – a drug already approved for the treatment of HIV and AIDS – they discovered an interruption in the progress of macular degeneration models. Which led them to ask a question: Could antiretrovirals affect other aging diseases?

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Comments (6)

  1. Stephanie Bianco says:

    I’m interested in knowing more. I have wet Macular Degeneration, diagnosed about a year ago. Can we communicate?

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Hello Stephanie, We would love to hear from you. Please call our retina service line at: 434-924-5653 or 434-982-0854 and they will be happy to set you up with an appointment with one of our retina specialists who will be happy to see you and answer any questions they can. Thank you.

  2. Siobhan says:

    I’m in Australia, can I contact you about MD.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Yes, please fill out this contact form with your questions and I’ll direct it to the most appropriate administrative assistant. Thank you. CONTACT US

  3. Debra says:

    I have wet m d and I go to Uva about every 6 weeks for injections. I don’t no how much longer I can do this I don’t want to go blind but getting the shoes is horrible. I’m a wreck for days before and after injections. How soon will it be before new HIV treatment could be used I’m just at a point where my nerves are getting to me. Please help v thank you, Debra Vargas

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Hi Debra,
      This is a great question to ask the doctor you see for the injections at your next appointment. If you would like, you can fill out this form ( and I will get your question to administrative assistant of the doctor you see. Thank you.

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