AFIB meds (anticoagulants) + wet macular degeneration
I have been taking Xarelto for several years for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and so far so good.
A few days ago I got the devastating diagnosis of wet macular degeneration in my right eye. (dry too in both it seems). I didn't have a clue. All the worse since I am an artist by profession.
I'm beginning the vitreous injections (Lucentis, he started with) and doing much thinking and reading.
My gut feeling about the Xarelto was that it must be dangerous for my wet macular degeneration and of course, reading and my retinal doc confirm that as seems obvious. It looks like a choice between blindness and a cardiac "event" – at least, in terms of the odds.
But perhaps it's worth the risks of trying ablation to control the AFIB so I can discontinue the Xarelto. I couldn't be the only senior with both problems. What is current thinking about how to deal with this conundrum? Research shows the combination does indeed much increase my WAMD risks – of greater likelihood of bleeding in the one eye and more risk of its involving the "dry" eye (certainly sooner than otherwise).