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Letter to the Editor regarding “Ophthalmic artery angioplasty for age-related macular degeneration”
  1. Andrea Servillo,
  2. Riccardo Sacconi,
  3. Nicolò Ribarich,
  4. Giuseppe Querques
  1. Ophthalmology, University Vita-Salute, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Giuseppe Querques, Department of Ophthalmology, University Vita-Salute, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, 20132 Milano, Italy; giuseppe.querques{at}

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We read with great interest the retrospective study by Lylyk et al on the use of ophthalmic artery (OA) angioplasty in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).1

With the premise in mind that AMD is correlated with a compromised blood flow in the ocular pathway, the authors selected five patients with clinically significant late-stage AMD with profound vision loss in one or both eyes suitable for the compassionate use of OA angioplasty.1 The authors carefully described the OA angioplasty procedure that was performed successfully in all patients despite some difficulties relating to the acute take-off angle of the OA, partial restriction of the OA ostium, and challenging device performance.1 The results reported by the authors were a gain in visual acuity in all patients at the follow-up visit.1 We greatly appreciate the effort of the authors in performing this study since theirs is the first known publication describing the use …

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  • Contributors AS: writing-original draft. RS: writing-review and editing. NR: writing-original draft. GQ: writing-review and editing.

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  • Competing interests GQ is a consultant for Alimera Sciences (Alpharetta, Georgia, USA), Allergan Inc. (Irvine, California, USA), Bayer Schering Pharma (Berlin, Germany), Heidelberg Engeneering (Germany), Novartis (Basel, Switzerland), Sandoz (Berlin, Germany), Zeiss (Dublin, California, USA).

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