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Question:
My father has spoken with a doctor about using hyperbaric chamber treatments for his macular degeneration (a breakdown of tissues in the macula in the back of the eye). Because this treatment is not FDA-approved for this particular illness, his insurance will not pay. Can you tell me anything about the potential for improvement in macular degeneration patients from hyperbaric chamber treatments?

Answer:
There is no credible peer-reviewed evidence that hyperbaric oxygen helps treat any type of age-related macular degeneration. Therefore, no insurance company—including Medicare or Medicaid—will pay for this unproven, expensive treatment.

Answered by: George Williams, MDDr. George Williams

Categories: Eye Diseases

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Answered: May 28, 2014

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