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how long should age-related macular degeneration last?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Forever: Once you have it, it does not go away. The rate of progression varies from person to person. Use areds vitmains as dicated by your retina specialist. Use frequent amsler grid testing at home. If you smoke, then quit.
Dr. Michael Colucciello
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Life predispositon: The predisposition to amd lasts a lifetime, since it is a genetic-based issue.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Chronic Disease: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the dry; form, which involves slow, patchy deterioration of retinal cells, and the wet; form which is caused by bleeding and leads to rapid vision loss. Current treatment for the wet form; is injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the dry form, areds vitamins.

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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 21-year-old member asked:

Is it true that macular degeneration is a growing problem?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Yes: Macular degeneration is directly related to aging. Given the population with the increasing age, the increase is inevitable.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is macular degeneration curable?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Unfortunately not.: While there are ways to slow or treat the disease processes in age-related macular degeneration, particularly the wet form, there is presently no cure for the disease.
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What are the risk factors for macular degeneration?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Family History: One of the most prevalent risk factors for the development of macular degeneration is family history.

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