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What causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

What causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Aging: There is still no clear single cause for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is a disease of geriatric. The incident is highest among those over 70. Genetic may play a role. Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of progression of the disease. Other conditions have also been cited such as cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration of retina?

What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration of retina?

ARMD: Armd or age related macular degeneration can only be treated in the wet form and the most common and effective treatment is an injection in the eye. Certain vitamin supplements can slow the progression, see areds study i and ii. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile cataracts or macular degeneration?

What causes juvenile cataracts or macular degeneration?

Juvenile cataracts: Congenital cataract: during pregnancy, mom has infection (ie measles/rubella (the most common cause), rubeola, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, poliomyelitis, influenza, Epstein-Barr virus, syphilis, toxoplasmosis. Juvenile: include, prior trauma, infection, inflammation, JRA. Macular degener: gene mutation-> Stargardt's disease, Best disease, and juvenile retinoschisis ...Read more

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Is there new treatment for wet age related macular degeneration yet?

Is there new treatment for wet age related macular degeneration yet?

Several Options: 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

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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

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Is there any medication for age related macular degeneration?

Yes: Dry: areds supplementation, uv protection. A diet filled with green, leafy vegetables. Wet: anti vegf vitreous injections, photodynamic rx and laser rx. ...Read more

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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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How fast progresses aged related macular degeneration?

How fast progresses aged related macular degeneration?

It is variable. : Typically dry macular degeneration is slower in progression, may take years to progress. Wet macular degeneration typically causes sudden central loss of vision. ...Read more

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What can differentiate dry and wet age related macular degeneration?

Eye Exam: Dry and wet AMD are diagnosed by a good Ophthalmic exam. If you have any vision loss or problems, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist as soon as possible. In the dry form there are changes in the back of the eye readily seen and in the wet form you can have sudden loss of vision which is treatable if seen ASAP. ...Read more

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Treatment for dry macular degeneration?

Not yet: While there are several medications as well as stem cell and gene therapies that are currently being investigated, no treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for geographic atrophy, the hallmark of dry amd. High dose anti-oxidant vitamin supplementation has been shown to be helpful in preventing the progression to the wet form of macular degeneration when certain early signs are present. ...Read more

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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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Is macular degeneration curable?

Unfortunately not.: While there are ways to slow or treat the disease processes in age-related macular degeneration, particularly the wet form, there is presently no cure for the disease. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration a genetic problem?

Maybe: But family history not so critical in this disease- too many genes play a role. ...Read more

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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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What causes macular degeneration?

Genetics: The predisposition for macular degeneration is inherited. It is a very complex disease with several, if not many genetic mutations contributing to risk. Additionally, there are other health factors that modulate disease risk. Most importantly nutrition, but also life style (smoking=bad), etc. Rule of thumb: if something is thought to be good for the heart, it probably also reduces amd risk. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration curabr?

Is macular degeneration curabr?

See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures right now. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Diet supplements: For dry macular degeneration diet supplements (AREDS vitamins) like Ocuvite; for the wet form intravitreal injections such as Avastin or Lucentis (ranibizumab) ...Read more

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Vision impairment question, at what age do you get age related macular degeneration?

Vision impairment question, at what age do you get age related macular degeneration?

No set age: Age-related macular degeneration (armd) is a condition that usually affects individuals over the age of 50 and causes central vision loss. It is more common the older we get (likely because it becomes more noticeable) and has a peak in the 70s. It can be seen at earlier ages in some individuals, and the the age of onset will be younger as we get better at testing for it. ...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