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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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a symptom of macular degeneration the need for brighter light to see or can that occur with other conditions?
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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