Oraya® Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that the Oraya Therapy™ Stereotactic Radiotherapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is now available at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, becoming the second facility in the UK to provide the therapy. The non-invasive Oraya Therapy is intended as a one-time outpatient procedure to reduce the need for routine anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections into the eye.
“We look to expand access and availability of this important treatment option across Europe, with several additional centers opening in the coming months.”
Globally, wet AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among those over age 65. In the UK, wet AMD affects approximately 260,000 people and it is projected that nearly 40,000 new patients will be affected each year, according to an article published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. While the efficacy of anti-VEGF compounds has prolonged and saved the eyesight of millions of patients worldwide, it also places a difficult burden on patients, who require costly, uncomfortable, routine injections, as well as an unsustainable burden on the ophthalmic practice and on healthcare systems, which are facing increased patient volume and related expenses.
"Modern anti-VEGF injection treatments have been very successful at preventing loss of vision but patients are often anxious about having repeated eye injections. With Oraya Therapy, it is great to be able to offer patients the possibility of maintaining their vision while reducing their need for injections," said Mr Sajjad Mahmood, MA, MB, BCHIR, FRCOPHTH, consultant ophthalmologist at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital.
Intended as a one-time therapy, Oraya Therapy offers a unique, non-invasive approach to treating wet AMD. Unlike any other technique, Oraya Therapy employs a low-voltage X-Ray source with advanced robotics, a laser-guided positioning system, and a patented methodology for eye stabilization and tracking. The procedure is delivered in an outpatient setting, averaging 20 minutes and requiring no post-treatment recovery period before resuming normal activity.