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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

Genetic disease affecting the central vision in some older adults. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet age-related macular degeneration: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, or eylea.

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What is the definition or description of: macular degeneration?

What is the definition or description of: macular degeneration?

Two types: Genetic disease affecting the central vision in some older adults. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet age-related macular degeneration: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, or eylea. ...Read more

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How does macular degeneration affect a person's vision?

How does macular degeneration affect a person's vision?

See below: It usually affects the central vision; i.e., one's reading vision. Symptoms includes central blurry or missing spots or distortion/waviness in vision where straight lines appear wavy (metamorphopsia). ...Read more

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Quit smoking (Tip)

Quit smoking

Smoking worsens macular degeneration. Try to quit! ...See more

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Is a symptom of macular degeneration the need for brighter light to see or can that occur with other conditions?

Yes and Yes: Macular degeneration can lead to the need for more light to read. So can cataract, the need for glasses, presbyopia, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Symptoms of macular degeneration may include: decreased central vision, distortion of straight lines, poor light tolerance and dark adaptation and in very severe cases visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Smoking makes macular degeneration worse! quit now! ...See more

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What is the first sign of macular degeneration?

What is the first sign of macular degeneration?

Vision changes: The first symptom most people experience with macular degeneration is a change in vision. An amsler grid is a simple screening tool available for home use that can allow patients who are at risk for macular degeneration to monitor for such changes. ...Read more

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How can you verify a diagnosis of macular degeneration?

How can you verify a diagnosis of macular degeneration?

Dilated exam: Macular degeneration comes in two general forms: wet and dry. The dry form is generally clinically diagnosed on exam while the wet form is diagnosed using special Fluorescein dyes and optical coherence tomography - a type of laser scan of the retina. ...Read more

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Vitamins and supplements (Tip)

Vitamins and supplements

Fact: lutein is unproven for maintaining vision or stopping macular degeneration. ...See more

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Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I'm 65 and was recently diagnosed with macular degeneration. I want to do whatever i can to prevent myself from going blind. Is laser photocoagulation a safe treatment to cure my condition?

Not really: Modern treatment of macular degeneration involves the use of laser photocoagulation less and less. Most people have dry macular degeneration which does not require surgical intervention. For those with the wet form, drugs are used much more than lasers today. Regardless of the treatment, we cannot cure macular degeneration currently. We can only manage it. ...Read more

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