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Dr. Samuel Barone
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Age Related Macular Degeneration (Overview)

Age-related macular degeneration is a condition affecting older adults where damage to the retina, which is the sensory part of the eye, leads to blindness and other visual changes, particularly in the macula, which covers the central part of the visual field.


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What does age-related macular degeneration seem like?

What does  age-related macular degeneration seem like?

See below: A distortion or blurry spot or missing area in one's central vision is typically what your symptom would be. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Barone
261 doctors shared insights

Age Related Macular Degeneration (Overview)

Age-related macular degeneration is a condition affecting older adults where damage to the retina, which is the sensory part of the eye, leads to blindness and other visual changes, particularly in the macula, which covers the central part of the visual field.


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What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant. ...Read more

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Aging Gracefully (Tip)

Aging Gracefully

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Aging Gracefully (Checklist)

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Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Depends: Most people experience distortion in the central vision as an early sign of age-related macular degeneration. There is a self-screening tool called an amsler grid that is often recommended for people with risk factors for the disease. It can help to detect early distortion. Decreased central vision with difficulty to read, recognize faces, watch tv, and drive often happen as the disease progresses. ...Read more

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I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

Yes: Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types. ...Read more

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Aging Gracefully (Tip)

Aging Gracefully

Fasting & caloric restriction have been shown to slow aging. ...See more

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Is it possible to keep living independently with age-related macular degeneration? I've just been diagnosed with wet macular degeneration. I'm only 50, and don't want to have to move into assisted living or a nursing home any time soon. How long can I rea

You : You are a bit young for a diagnoses of the typical macular degeneration, but does happen. You are fortunate it is 2012 and that we have outstanding treatments available (i would expect even better treatments to emerge during your lifetime as well). As you know, macular degeneration can impact the central vision. This is what we use for reading - this is the type of vision that one also needs for driving (one needs 20/40 in one eye to drive with an unrestricted license. One usually needs 20/70 in one eye for daytime privileges). While macular degeneration can move vision to less than 20/70 in some patients, i virtually see no patients with it who cannot care for themselves and live independently. Remain optimistic and see your eye doctor if you note vision changes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when parent has age-related macular degeneration?

You are At Risk: Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined, meaning that it is inherited from parents. A smaller risk is conferred by environmental factors such as smoking. There are genetics tests available in many retina offices which can determine your risk with a mouth swab. ...Read more

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Aging Gracefully (Tip)

Aging Gracefully

Myth: hearing loss affects only "old people" and is merely a sign of aging. ...See more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

Macular degeneration is a partly genetic disease affecting vision that happens to older people. There are two types: dry or wet, which are ...Read more