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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'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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How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

Chronic Disease: 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 the wet form; is injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the dry form, areds vitamins. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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What are the complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Vision loss: The major effect of progressive, age related macular degeneration (AMD), is loss of central vision over time. There can be bleeding which usually can be treated with favorable results. The major complication is actually changes in lifestyle such as inability to drive, that comes about from the loss of vision. ...Read more