Journal Français d’Ophtalmologie
July 2020

Twelve-month outcomes of intra-vitreal anti-VEGF agents for treatment-naïve neovascular age-related macular degeneration eyes: French data from the fight for retinal blindness!

Lestable L, Gabrielle PH, Bron AM, Nguyen P, Creuzot-Garcher C


INTRODUCTION: To describe the one-year functional outcomes of treatment-naïve neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) treated with anti-VEGF agents at the Dijon University Hospital Ophthalmology Department.

METHODS: Real-life interventional study including all treatment-naïve nAMD patients from January 2016 to December 2018 in the Ophthalmology Department of Dijon University Hospital. Data were retrospectively collected from the Fight Retinal Blindness! (FRB!) registry. At baseline, medical history, visual acuity (VA), type of lesion and activity on angiography and optical coherence tomography (OCT), and treatment were recorded. On follow-up, VA, lesion activity and treatment were recorded.

RESULTS: Three-hundred twenty eyes of 259 patients were included, of which 65.6% were female and with a mean age of 80.1±11.1 years. Mean VA (standard deviation, SD) at baseline was 53.2 ETDRS letters (25.3). All patients received anti-VEGF injections, of which 164 eyes (51.2%), 152 eyes (47.5%) and 4 eyes (1.2%) were treated with aflibercept, ranibizumab and bevacizumab, respectively. A total of 198 eyes of 169 patients completed the 12-month follow-up, with a median (first quartile, third quartile) of 12 visits (10, 13). At one year (n=198), the overall mean VA gain [95% CI] was +3.3 ETDRS letters [0.7, 5.9] and 173 (87.4%) of the treated eyes did not lose 15 or more letters. We found no statistically significant difference in mean VA gain between aflibercept and ranibizumab.

CONCLUSION: This real-world study confirmed the efficacy of anti-VEGF agents in nAMD and the feasibility of analyzing data in an international registry.