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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

Macular degeneration is a partly genetic disease affecting vision that happens to older people. There are two types: dry or wet, which are ...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

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

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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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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 ...Read more

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Could you explain what is age related macular degeneration for eyes?

Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are two major types-- wet and dry. The dry form progresses slowly, and rarely leads to severe vision loss. The wet form can lead to rapid and severe vision loss. Most of the new therapies available help treat the wet form. Ocuvite preservision areds ii is the leading vitamin formulation for dry macular degeneration. ...Read more

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