Anti-VEGF treatments are a group of medicines which reduce new blood vessel growth (neovascularisation) or oedema (swelling).

Anti-VEGF medicines can be used to treat a number of eye conditions that cause new blood vessel growth or swelling under the macular area of your retina, the lining of the back of the eye.

The macula is a tiny area of your central retina, which is very important for seeing detail, colour and objects directly in front of you. When there is new, abnormal blood vessel growth or swelling at the macula, it can cause problems with your central detailed vision and with tasks such as reading, watching television or recognising faces. Anti-VEGF treatment usually has to be started quickly before the new blood vessels or swelling does too much damage to the macula.

This page contains a summary of our information on anti-VEGF treatment. To read our full information, download our factsheet:

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