This medical video looks into new laser treatment for those who suffer from Macular Degeneration.
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Jennifer Mathews: John Thyne and his wife Prudence enjoy their trips down memory lane. If John had not been in the right place at the right time, he may not have been able to see these pictures. John Thyne: First doctor said I had macular degeneration and said it could be very serious. Jennifer Mathews: Dr. Greg Fox had a different response. He told, "John, there was help." Dr. Greg Fox: It's a very easy treatment. It takes about 15 minutes to do. Jennifer Mathews: That treatment is this laser. It gently heats the retinal pigment epithelium, the tissue that contains harmful deposits called Drusen. Dr. Greg Fox: That heating and damaging of the retinal pigment epithelium causes the body to come in and do some repair work and at the same time, we noticed some of these drusen can disappear and decrease in size and number and thickness. Jennifer Mathews: Dr. Fox says, "The treatment is for those with the dry form of the disease." He hopes this can decrease the number of people who go on to develop the more serious wet form. Dr. Greg Fox: We could decrease the incidence of patients to going on to wet macular degeneration by the order of 100,000 patients or more per year. Jennifer Mathews: John had the treatment and he is surprised with the results. John Thyne: The eye that they did the work on is better than the other one now. Jennifer Mathews: Over time, he's learned to appreciate the little things in life. John Thyne: It's wonderful to be able to get around every day, see people and things, and enjoy life. Jennifer Mathews: With his vision intact, he's staying one step ahead of mother nature. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.