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Suprachoroidal drug delivery: A novel approach in treating wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

DOI: 10.5677/2012-1-13

Submitted by: Gabor B. Scharioth, MD

Intravitreal injection is the most popular of the current approaches for delivering drugs to the back of the eye. This video describes a new technique for drug administration to the back of the eye, namely to the suprachoroidal space via a microcatheter. The catheter is introduced under the choroid using a transscleral approach in the temporal superior quadrant. The exact position of the microcatheter is visualized by a blinking light source at its tip. When the correct position at the posterior pole is achieved, liquid drugs, e. g. bevacizumab, can be administered to the suprachoroidal space, directly adjacent to the choroidal neovascular membrane. Direct drug delivery is possible to the back of the eye using this technique.

Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, AMD, drug delivery, choroid, macula

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