Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering


Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a retinal disease induced by gradual degradation of the retinal pigment epithelium at the back of the eye.

The disease causes a progressive loss of central vision and it is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. AMD has two forms; dry and wet. Wet AMD is currently treated with intravitreal antiangiogenic injections, but the dry form has no effective medical treatments. The number of people living with AMD is nearly 200 million worldwide and the annual direct health care cost from AMD is approximately €200 billion globally.

In summer 2018, we launched a Business Finland and Aalto University funded project aiming to develop and commercialize treatment for the eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The  technology can be applied to treat dry AMD and enable previously untreated patients to retain their vision. In addition, we believe that the treatment can prevent AMD from progressing to its quickly blinding exudative form (wet AMD).



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New laser therapy seeks to halt the progression of age-related vision loss

The Maculaser heat treatment heats the back of the eye with a near-infrared laser while precisely controlling the temperature during the treatment. The goal is to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an individualised, safe and effective manner.

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