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what is macular degeneration ?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: Age-related macular degeneration (amd) is a retinal condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). There are “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a top cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years) in industrialized countries.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Many: Age related macular degeneration (amd) is a leading cause of visual loss in the elderly population. Treatment depends on type and severity of amd. The symptoms are highly variable also: mild to moderate blurring in central areas of vision, distortion of images, haziness. Sometimes, in early stages, pt do not yet have symptoms.
Dr. H. Michael Lambert
Retinal Surgery 44 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. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Not much!: Control high blood pressure, do not smoke, avoid sun light uv light exposure and take vitamin supplements (see areds2). Have an examination and follow with a good eye specialist and possibly retina specialist.
Dr. Abdul Khan
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Vitamin therapy. : Macular degeneration is age-related in susceptible individuals. There is no cure for it, but there are vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of progression in large studies. The most recently recommended vitamin supplements are called areds2 and can be bought over the counter in various brands, such as ocuvite.

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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 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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A 72-year-old female asked:

Treatment for dry macular degeneration?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Not yet: While there are several medications as well as stem cell and gene therapies that are currently being investigated, no treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for geographic atrophy, the hallmark of dry amd. High dose anti-oxidant vitamin supplementation has been shown to be helpful in preventing the progression to the wet form of macular degeneration when certain early signs are present.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Macular degeneration.What is recommended?

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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.
A 28-year-old male asked:

Is macular degeneration curabr?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Macular degeneration cannot be cured. Certain vitamins and fish oil can slow the progression of the disease.

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