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Dr. Samuel Barone
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Age Related Macular Degeneration (Overview)

Defined as macular degeneration that occurs in older people, but sometimes the same pathological occurrence can happen in younger folk.


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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

Dr. Samuel Barone
266 Doctors shared insights

Age Related Macular Degeneration (Overview)

Defined as macular degeneration that occurs in older people, but sometimes the same pathological occurrence can happen in younger folk.


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What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

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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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

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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

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

It's a myth that all older people look and feel their age. ...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?

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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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

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How to treat age-related macular degeneration quickly?

Which kind?: Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of medicine directly in the eye (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration in us?

What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration in us?

Several: 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 "wet" is intravitreal injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the "dry", areds vitamins. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

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What sort of treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

What sort of treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

Dry and Wet: Dry armd is treated with areds oral supplementation in pill form as well as protection from uv light. Eating a diet of leafy green vegetables is important. Wet armd involves leaking, or bleeding retinal blood vessels. Treatment is with anti vegf injection in the eye and occasionaly laser treatment. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy cure age-related macular degeneration?

No: Photodynamic therapy treats the areas of leakage in the retina in the hope of improving vision. It does not cure, only treats the manifestations of the disease. ...Read more

Dr. David Nelson Dr. Nelson
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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

Myth: aging gracefully is only due to having "good genes.". ...See more

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Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

Laser no help: Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula. ...Read more

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What's age-related macular degeneration? Who gets it?

Retinal degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration is a breakdown in the retinal tissue in the back of the eye with subsequent decrease in central vision. The exact mechanism is not 100% understood, but build-up of waste products over time and inflammation are thought to play a role. It is usually present in individuals over the age of 70; family history and cigarette smoking can also increase the risk. ...Read more

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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

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Is macular degeneration genetic?

Is macular degeneration genetic?

Some: There are a few inherited forms especially those in the young and those associated with drusen deposits that have strong inheritance. Less certain is the inheritance pattern of ordinary, older age macular degeneration - the data is still being worked out. You can help protect your macula with a good diet, avoidance of sunlight and stopping smoking. ...Read more

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If a parent has age-related macular degeneration, should the children take lutein or other prevention?

No evidence: Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined. There is no evidence that taking supplements prior to developing the signs of amd will prevent it from developing. Furthermore, recent areds ii study results showed that lutein was not more effective than original areds formula. ...Read more

Dr. Lori Wagner Dr. Wagner
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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

Ligaments get tighter as we age, so dislocations actually decrease as we get older! ...See more

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What's age-related macular degeneration? Who gets it?

Retinal degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration is a breakdown in the retinal tissue in the back of the eye with subsequent decrease in central vision. The exact mechanism is not 100% understood, but build-up of waste products over time and inflammation are thought to play a role. It is usually present in individuals over the age of 70; family history and cigarette smoking can also increase the risk. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Dilated eye exam.: A dilated eye examination by your ophthalmologist (M.D.) is the primary way to test for this condition. Only if the doctor sees any suspicious pathology would she then do special testing. Even with a family history of this condition, at your age (32) it would be almost unheard of to get this disease. It is highly unusual before the age of 70. ...Read more

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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

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

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What should u take for age related macular degeneration?

What should u take for age related macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration: 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. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is age-related macular degeneration?

Loss of vision: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. The photoreceptors in the film layer of the eye (retina) make by-products that are normally removed from the eye. In macular degeneration, there is an accumulation of by-products that eventually damage the center of the film layer, and thus central vision. Although there is no cure, new treatments are being evaluated. ...Read more

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Age related macular degeneration (Tip)

Accept your age. Don't be ashamed of it. With age comes wisdom. Share it. ...See more

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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

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
578 Doctors shared insights

Macular Degeneration (Definition)

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