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Can Dry Macular Degeneration Be Reversed
Can dry macular degeneration turn into the wet form? I've read that it sometimes happens, but it doesn't make sense to me. Don't the two forms of macular degeneration have different causes?
Macular degeneration: Nearly everyone who has wet amd initially had the dry form. There is definitely a progression from the dry type to the wet type. This is why high dose antioxidant vitamins and zinc is recommended for people with high risk dry amd - your eye md will be able to tell with a dilated retinal exam. As we learn more about the genetics of amd it is clear that there may be subtypes with different causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not exactly: Both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Both bad: The dry form is the underpinning to both of these. Wet tends to occur a little younger and can cause a rapid drop in vision. With current injectable medication, much of wet can be reversed and prevented from advancing,. But the dry form underlies it and will carry forth at its own rate. So both are bad. ...Read more
Which form of macular degeneration is more serious? L was recently diagnosed with the dry form of macular degeneration. Is this form more or less likely to cause vision loss or other problems than the wet form?
This : This is actually an interesting question. The answer is that both forms cause vision loss. Dry mac degen causes a slow progression, so this is better in some ways. On the other hand, there is no treatment for the dry form, so the end result may be very severe loss of vision. Wet md causes a more sudden loss of vision due to bleeding or swelling. There is treatment, in the form of injected medications, that can halt the progression, and in 50% of patients may actually cause some improvement! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you send me a link for any clinical trials being done for dry macular degeneration that leads to total blindness?
Clinical trials: I did a quick search for "clinical trials macular degeneration" and found following links: http://www.amd.org/what-is-macular-degeneration/dry-amd/clinical-trials-for-dry-amd/; https://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/96/macular-degeneration; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/services/macular_degeneration_center/clinicalresearch.html & https://clinicaltrials.gov Good luck ...Read more
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