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Doctor insights on: Age Related Macular Degeneration Fast Cornea Transplant

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Dr. Martin Mayers Dr. Mayers
Ophthalmology
38 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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.

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Dr. Robert Stuart Dr. Stuart
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bud Kurwa Dr. Kurwa
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Mary Efremov Dr. Efremov
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Abdul Khan Dr. Khan
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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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.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Hussain Elhalis Dr. Elhalis
Ophthalmology
7 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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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.

Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Dr. David Kira Dr. Kira
Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gregory Hines Dr. Hines
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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.

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Dr. Solomon Gelbart Dr. Gelbart
Ophthalmology
years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Neil Notaroberto Dr. Notaroberto
Ophthalmology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Carrie Cannon Dr. Cannon
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew Dahl Dr. Dahl
Ophthalmology
51 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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Dr. Keshav Narain Dr. Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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! Dr Z

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