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macular degeneration -- what can be done about it?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Supplements: You can take supplements that have been show to slow the progression by up to 25% - see areds on the internet. You can treat the condition when it turns wet. See eye care specialist.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins and tocacco cessation. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What exactly is macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Two main forms: There are two general types: the dry form accounting for about 85% of cases which is generally a slow decrease of central vision. The wet form which is more severe has new blood vessels growing in the macula and generally causes more serious and rapid vision loss.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Technically yes: In general when people use the term 'macular degeneration' they are referring to the age-related form, but technically there are other types. Age-related macular degeneration is by far the most common, and the other and more rare forms are often hereditary and present much earlier in life.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for permanent damage to be done with macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Varies: Each individual patient can progress at different rates. See your retina specialist. The appropriate use of areds vitamins can lessen your risk. Also, stop smoking if you smoke since that worsens the disease.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take for severe damage to be done with macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Varies: Macular degeneration is variable from case to case. Prediction of the course of the damage is not easily done and is likely to be wrong. Just make sure you are seeing a retinal specialist in ophthalmology who can monitor this and give you treatment when needed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can be done for macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist.

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