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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?

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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