Photosensitizers and Photodynamic Therapy: Verteporfin

Dev Ophthalmol. 2016:55:330-6. doi: 10.1159/000434704. Epub 2015 Oct 26.


Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a phototherapy in which a photosensitive dye is injected into a peripheral vein and activated by light in order to occlude choroidal vessels or change their permeability. PDT has been largely applied in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV), especially CNV related to age-related macular degeneration, but was also of benefit in other diseases, including central serous chorioretinopathy and choroidal hemangioma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy / drug therapy*
  • Choroid Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / drug therapy*
  • Hemangioma / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Photochemotherapy*
  • Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Porphyrins / therapeutic use*
  • Verteporfin


  • Photosensitizing Agents
  • Porphyrins
  • Verteporfin