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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 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.
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Dr. Michael Colucciello
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 36 years experience
Life predispositon: The predisposition to amd lasts a lifetime, since it is a genetic-based issue.
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 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 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Gregory Pinto
36 years experience
Aging retina: If you think of your eye as being like a camera, the macula is like the film of the camera. It is the part of the eye that develops the image of whatever you are looking at. In macular degeneration, the retina is wearing down, sort of like camera film that is getting too old. The image become less and less clear as the macula wears down, sort of like a camera that can't take a clear picture.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
A retinal loss: Age related macular degeneration is a disorder of the circulation to the central seeing part of the retina at the back of the eye. It is as if the circulation simply dries up and the light receptors (cones and rods) die. This produces loss of fine detailed vision. It's incidence increases with age and is common in those over 70. See your ophthalmolgist for diagnosis and recommendations., .
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does age-related macular degeneration seem like?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Painless. vision bad: This is a condition of the central retina of unknown cause, which disturbs the anatomy of the central light receptors - lowering the vision. There is no pain, just vision loss. There are several forms and some can be treated for a period of time. A retinal specialist can best sort this out for you.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Which medication should you take for age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
AREDS Vitamin: The most common form of macular degeneration - the usually milder "dry" form has no effective medication currently. However, a specific formulation of vitamin a, c, e and zinc known as the areds formula has been shown to slow down its progress in certain high risk individuals. Other nutrients such as lutein are thought to help, but have yet to be proven in a large study.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

What can differentiate dry and wet age related macular degeneration?

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Dr. H. Michael Lambert
Retinal Surgery 45 years experience
Eye Exam: Dry and wet AMD are diagnosed by a good Ophthalmic exam. If you have any vision loss or problems, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist as soon as possible. In the dry form there are changes in the back of the eye readily seen and in the wet form you can have sudden loss of vision which is treatable if seen ASAP.
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