Chronic retina disease treatments now available in Kentville

Published on July 17, 2014

Kings County residents that have chronic retina diseases will be able to receive treatment in Kentville beginning today.

The province is now funding Lucentis and Avastin treatments in Kentville, Yarmouth and Bridgewater through Pharmacare for patients that require treatment for diabetic macular edema, retinal vein occlusion and wet age-related macular degeneration.

"Travel often poses a significant challenge for people living with retina diseases," said Health Minister Leo Glavine. "We worked with our partners in the district health authorities to provide this crucial treatment closer to home for people in the Annapolis Valley, Yarmouth and the South Shore."

Patients must be members of the seniors, family or community services Pharmacare programs to receive the coverage. Patients with private insurance will continue to receive coverage through that resource.

To access this treatment, patients should first speak to their ophthalmologist.

Treatments are also available in Yarmouth, Halifax, Sydney and Antigonish. Bridgewater will begin offering funded treatments next month.