The first non-surgical alternative to eye surgery (vitrectomy) for a vision-threatening problem that affects approximately 250,000 people a year in the United States, is now available, Jetrea.
The FDA recently approved (October 2012) this injectable drug, Jetrea, that is specifically indicated for the condition known as vitreo-macular adhesion (VMA) or vitreo-macular traction syndrome (VMT).
Vitreo-Macular Adhesion and Vitreo-Macular traction
VMT and VMA occurs when the vitreous humor, or the clear gel in the back of the eyeball,fails to separates from the retina, or more specifically the macula, causing distorted and blurred visual acuity instead of normal floaters. Sometime this can lead to a macular pucker (think of a wrinkle on the retina) or a full thickness macular hole. These are often conditions that often need to be repaired with a surgical procedure in a hospital or outpatient surgical center under anesthesia, with the risk of anesthesia, plus post operative recovery and limitations of at least one to two weeks.
What can be done for Vitreo-Macular Adhesion or Vitreo-Macular Traction Instead of Surgery?
The Sarasota Retina Institute and Dr. Waldemar Torres are pleased to offer this new breakthrough that will alleviate these vision threatening condition with the convenience of a outpatient office visit. Jetrea is a new medication that can be injected into the vitreous and cause release of the tractions. Using the latest technology in retinal imaging known as Spectralis Optical coherence tomography that produces a cross section and three dimensional view of the retina, patients can be identified with this problem and often treated all in the same office visit. Intra vitreal injection or injections into the eye are everyday procedures in the armamentarium of our retinal doctors for conditions as retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, inflammation and age related macular degeneration.
The effects and safety of Jetrea (Ocriplasmin) by ThromboGenics, were based on the MIVI and TRUST clinical studies that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012. Sarasota Retina Institute was proud to be part of this research leading to a better understanding of Jetrea.
Dr Torres is happy to be able to treat these challenging retinal conditions in the office, which were previously only treatable with laser and or retinal surgery. This has greatly improved patient care and visual recovery.
Why Are Dilated Eye Exams Important ?
“ The key is to have a retinal exam early before vision acuity is affected or lost by these macular conditions that often do not cause total blindness but a definitive distorted and blurred central visual acuity leading to a decrease in the quality of life as to not being able to read the newspaper, drive a car or play golf as others” I stress this to my patients daily.
If you have visual distortion related to retinal disease call Sarasota Retina Institute at 941-921-5335 for an appointment.