What Is Eylea?
Eylea® is a drug used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used to treat diabetic eye disease and other problems of the retina. It is injected into the eye to help slow vision loss from these and certain other diseases.
Eylea is the brand name for the drug, which is called aflibercept. It blocks the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. Those blood vessels can leak and affect vision, causing vision loss from wet AMD and diabetic eye disease.
How does Eylea work?
Abnormal blood vessels need a body chemical called VEGF to grow. Eylea blocks VEGF, slowing the growth of blood vessels in the eye. Drugs that block the trouble-causing VEGF are called anti-VEGF drugs.
What conditions are treated with Eylea?
Eylea is used to treat the following eye problems:
- Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Swelling of the retina, called macular edema
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal vein occlusion