Retinal disease is a significant public health issue that is now affecting more of us than ever before. The number of people living with two of the leading causes of vision loss: Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (nAMD) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) worldwide is only set to grow.1-8
Projected number of people living with retinal disease1-6
These diseases can have a devastating impact upon our work, our health systems, and those we care about most by closing the window to independence.
People may struggle to:9–13
Current therapy limitations
It is known that there are many limitations to current therapy options. For example, people living with retinal diseases often refer to injection frequency as a key limitation.16,17
IVT injections bring stress
Patients value innovations
that reduce injection
Continuous treatment is needed to maintain optimal vision18
Our pledge to progress
Our strong track record of innovation shows that we are dedicated to seeking the groundbreaking new tools needed to support vision.
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