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A 49-year-old member asked:

Should alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No. In moderation: Alcohol has no influence on the progression or response to treatment of wet macular degeneration. Moderate alcohol consumption of red wine and small amounts of hard liquor have been found associated with a lower chance of developing amd. It does not cure or help its once it has started.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: Excessive alcohol consumption might result in alteration of nutritional state. This may impact the progression of the disease. In moderation, i would be surprised to see negative impact from some consumption of alcohol. There is also limited evidence that drinking wine could have some positive impact. In general, i would avoid alcohol consumption.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Not really: Alcohol in moderation will not worsen this. Are you sure you have macular degeneration? You are too young at 35 years old to have age-related macular degeneration, but perhaps you have something else.

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What are the stages of wet macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Actually types: Stages range from mild to severe. 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:

What are dry and wet macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Very different: There are two general forms: dry accounts for about 85% of cases which is the slow breakdown of macular pigment and vision decrease. The wet form has a more rapid progression with formation of new blood vessels, severe vision loss and occasionally intraocular hemorrhage. There are new medications which can address this.

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