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My dad has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast. Is a cornea transplant an option?

My dad has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast. Is a cornea transplant an option?

No: Macular degeneration affects the retina which is in the bak of the eye. The cornea is the clearr covering in the front of the eye. Unfortunately corneal transplantation will not help macular degerneration. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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My dad has macular degeneration and doctor wants a cornea transplant?

My dad has macular degeneration and doctor wants a cornea transplant?

Doesn't make sense: In macular degeneration, the problem is with the retina, not the cornea. If macular degeneration is really the problem, a corneal transplant will not help. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

No: The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain cannot regenerate once you cut it so a transplanted eye would be blind. When people donate their eyes the only part usable is the cornea for a patient whose cornea has scarred up or got damaged. ...Read more

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What can be done for macular degeneration in? The? Right eye?

What can be done for macular degeneration in? The? Right eye?

Eye doctor: The treatments depends on what process is diagnosed by the eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that macular degeneration be caused by trauma to the eye?

Is it possible that macular degeneration be caused by trauma to the eye?

Not exactly.: Macular degeneration is a progressive degeneration of the macula resulting from age and genetics. Trauma could cause damage or scarring to the macular which would appear like advanced macular degeneration but would not be progressive. ...Read more

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What are new treatments for eye disorders like macular degeneration?

What are new treatments for eye disorders like macular degeneration?

Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation are the treatment. Here we see aging spots in the macula called drusen and/or loss of tissue called atrophy. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or Eylea are the treatment. Here we see leaking, bleeding, swelling, and scarring in the macula. See a retina specialist. ...Read more

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Does macular degeneration start in the center of the eye?

Does macular degeneration start in the center of the eye?

Yes: By definition, macula degeneration involves the macula which is the central retina which controls your central (not peripheral) vision. ...Read more

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How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

Not useful: Macular degeneration is a condition, mostly in the elderly, in which the central circulation gradually fails and vision is lost. No surgery known can reverse this process. There are supplements which can be useful and in certain types of macular degeneration, injections may also be useful. ...Read more

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Eye diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration, what are these caused by?

Eye diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration, what are these caused by?

Multiple factors: The adult form of these are mostly age-related. But things like genetics, environmental factors, overall health and diet, smoking, can make these worse. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

What to do if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or Eylea (these injections may be life-long). You must see a retina specialist as soon as possible to determine the type of macular degeneration you have and the need for treatment. ...Read more

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What causes scaring in the eye if you have macular degeneration?

What causes scaring in the eye if you have macular degeneration?

Retinal breakdown: Scarring the in the maculae can occur in both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration. Usually, it is problematic in the wet form when there is leakage of serum or blood from new blood vessels that cause inflammation and retinal scarring - here the prognosis is guarded. In advanced forms of dry macular degeneration there can be scarring as well. ...Read more

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Failing eye tests. Could it be glaucoma or macular degeneration?

Be seen: It could be many things, including your causes. Be seen by an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration the same as retinal degeneration? My eye reports says Bilateral: Defect is consistent with retinal degeneration. I'm 33.

Is macular degeneration the same as retinal degeneration? My eye reports says Bilateral: Defect is consistent with retinal degeneration. I'm 33.

Not really: Macular degeneration is a type of retinal degeneration found in the senior population that affects only the center of vision. Many other types of retinal degeneration exist from congenital, to acquired, from hereditary to environmental and from severe to minimal. I would be happy to interpret the report if you send me more details. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

What do you recommend if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

If you have the dry: Form then you can decrease your risk of conversion to the wet form by taking the areds 2 formula of eye vitamins and reducing your modifiable risk factors (sun protection, smoking cessation, improved diet, etc.) if you have the wet form then intravitreal injections are effective and the standard of care at this time. This does not necessarily mean you will need treatment indefinitely. ...Read more

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I have hemorrhage supertemporal to eye. Retina Dr didn't mention, but does its presence mean that I could get or have macular degeneration?

I have hemorrhage supertemporal to eye. Retina Dr didn't mention, but does its presence mean that I could get or have macular degeneration?

Retinal hemorrage: It matters what caused the hemorrhage and where it is eg. Subretinal. If you have diabetic proliferative retinopathy causing hemorrhages, you are at risk of glaucoma, retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, and macular edema. The treatment is laser surgery.

Supratemporal are the most common. Macular degen risks include fam hist, BP, sun exposure, poor diet, obesity, inactivity., light eyes. ...Read more

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What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery for glucoma and macular degeneration of the eye?

After images.: Light flashes in the eye after laser surgery are most likely after images. Usually they go away. Laser is used for glaucoma, diabetes, and retinal tears. It is less often used these days in macular degeneration. Light flashes can also be caused by retinal traction and impending retinal tear. A good thorough retinal exam will eliminate most causes for concern. ...Read more

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Can Macular Degeneration be considered "wet" in absence of blood or water in the eye? Grandmother dx as early wet (occult) but no blood or water seen.

Can Macular Degeneration be considered "wet" in absence of blood or water in the eye? Grandmother dx as early wet (occult) but no blood or water seen.

"Wet": In the description of Macular Degeneration (WMD) refers to EXUDATE, (a combination of fluid plus white blood cells) and is the more "advanced" type.
BOTH lead to vision loss but there are optical ways of helping people with this disorder!
Hope this is helpful!
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Does smoking affect retina or the vitreous (back part) of the eye in anyway other than in macular degeneration?

Does smoking affect retina or the vitreous (back part) of the eye in anyway other than in macular degeneration?

You are correct: Smoking is always a bad thing and is best avoided. The only known problem related to smoking in the back of the eye is the macular area, but we always advise smokers to stop immediately because so many body functions are affected and it is a leading cause of death. ...Read more

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Will alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse? I'm going to an eye specialist (or ophthalmologist) soon, what should I expect?

Will alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse? I'm going to an eye specialist (or ophthalmologist) soon, what should I expect?

Unlikely: There is no known association between wet macular degeneration worsening and alcohol. Please remember that too much alcohol is of course not healthy in any way, so enjoy in moderation. ...Read more

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My gf is just 23 yrs old, she had eyes prblms so went to eye doc and she was diagnosed with macular degeneration, will she go blind? Is thre no cure

My gf is just 23 yrs old, she had eyes prblms so went to eye doc and she was diagnosed with macular degeneration, will she go blind? Is thre no cure

Not likely: There are many types of macular degeneration so it is difficult to say specifically. Make sure that your GF sees a retina specialist and get specific answer to this question based on the type of macular degeneration that she has. ...Read more

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Eye diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and cataracts are all in older people, right?

Age Related: All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people. ...Read more

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When a doctor refers to water behind the eye when talking about macular degeneration, what does it mean?

When a doctor refers to water behind the eye when talking about macular degeneration, what does it mean?

Swelling: Most likely this is referring to swelling of the retina. Many times with wet macular degeneration one can have swelling or bleeding in the retina causing decreased vision. ...Read more

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What can be done about bleeding in the eye behind the macula? My grandmothers eye doctor says she has that. She has macular degeneration in that eye

Macular degeneration: If there is already bleeding in the eye, your grandmother has "wet" macular degeneration. Depending on the stage and severity at which your grandmother present's to a retina sub-specialist, there are now intraocular injections that are available to attempt to maintain and possibly even improve your grandmother's vision in that eye. ...Read more

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I have been exeriencing blurry vision. Eye doctor said I do not have macular degeneration but that my macular is thinning. What could be causing this?

Thinning macula: May refer to the loss of pigment or to a general decrease in thickness as occurs in many macular diseases in addition to macular degeneration. The macula can be assessed with a very rapid non invasive test called oct. This could resolve whether you do have pathologic (bad) thinning or whether it is just natural changes in pigment that occur as we get older. See a retinal specialist! ...Read more

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Do eye exercises really work? My mother-in-law has macular degeneration. Her doctor told her it's untreatable, so she has turned to the internet and found claims that eye exercises can "improve your vision naturally! " she even made me watch a youtube vid

Do eye exercises really work? My mother-in-law has macular degeneration. Her doctor told her it's untreatable, so she has turned to the internet and found claims that eye exercises can "improve your vision naturally! " she even made me watch a youtube vid

Nope they don't help: Eye exercise plays no role in the treatment of macular degeneration. Subretinal neovascularization or abnormal growth of vessels is treated with injections of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors into the eye. There are a number of investigative drugs for treatment of the dry form of macular degeneration none of which are available for wide release or FDA approved at this time. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
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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