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Who is most at risk for macular degeneration?

Who is most at risk for macular degeneration?

Older age Caucasian: Smoker, obese, family history of amd, also CRP and complement factor h. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

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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Macular degeneration, what can I do about it?

Macular degeneration, what can I do about it?

Vitamin therapy.: 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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Macular degeneration -- what can be done about it?

Macular degeneration -- what can be done about it?

See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins and tocacco cessation. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures. ...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 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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What are the tests for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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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Are there any medical procedures for wet macular degeneration?

Are there any medical procedures for wet macular degeneration?

Yes: Wet macular degeneration is the growth of new blood vessels beneath the retina. There are new drugs called veg-f inhibitors when injected into the eye can retard the growth of these damaging blood vessels. It's a good idea to see your ophthalmologist if you suspect you have macular problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about stopped or reversed macular degeneration?

What kind?: Macular degeneration (md) is usually the term used to describe age related macular degeneration, and other have commented on that condition. There are also inherited forms of mds or "dystrophies" (means the same) including some that occur earlier in life. Then there are toxic maculopathies from medication toxicity. To my knowledge, there is not one md that reverses itself. ...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

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Have you had any good results in dealing with macular degeneration?

Have you had any good results in dealing with macular degeneration?

Yes and no: Most amd is dry, which tends to progress slowly, results in mild to moderate visual loss, but has no real treatment yet. Areds supplements can reduce the risk of severe vision loss in those with dry amd. Wet amd can be very rapid, but there are good treatments, most of which involve injections into the eye. Regular f/u with an ophthalmologist (if possible, a retina specialist) is recommended. ...Read more

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What causes macular degeneration or something else when I get older?

What causes macular degeneration or something else when I get older?

A disease: Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease that affects the rods and cones (photoreceptors) in the retina. The degeneration and death of these is multifactorial. Changes in nutrition, blood flow, heredity, ultraviolet exposure all increase your risks for the disease. Best defense: UV protection, good diet high in green leafy vegetables, multivitamin with lutein-- and don't get a day older. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of visual impairments like macular degeneration?

See a retina special: Patients complain of central visual distortion and/or blurring. An amsler grid for at-home testing of vision is an excellent way to monitor for this and other macular diseases. ...Read more

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What light bulb is recommended for reading for someone with macular degeneration?

Stronger: Some compensation for the diminshed vision of macular degeneration is possible by increasing the light intensity. Solar corrective bulbs can also help; with this. These improve the vision a little but will not affect the course of the macular changes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a kuvenile form of macular degeneration, can I go the military?

Please check under: Section marked "eyes" - http://www. Military. Com/join-armed-forces/disqualifiers-medical-conditions. Html

Don't know if this is waiverable or not. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration caused by trauma?

No: Typical age related macular degeneration is not caused by trauma. It is a genetic condition which can be affected by nutritional and environmental factors. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent macular degeneration?

How can I help prevent macular degeneration?

AREDS vitamins: The national eye institute did a study that showed that a particular vitamin formula called areds can help reduce progression of macular degenration in people with high risk characteristics. You should see your ophthalmologist to determine if you have these characteristics. There are particular eye vitamins that your eye md may recommend for your general ocular health. ...Read more

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How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?

How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?

Frequent in elderly: There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly. Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a cure for macular degeneration?

Help! Need to know if there's a cure for macular degeneration?

Risk reduction: yes: The best studied preventive intervention (treatment) for macular degeneration is vitamin supplementation. There is an approximately 25% risk reduction of severe vision loss with the vitamin/supplement combination studies in the areds studies. Look for the label "areds" or areds 2" formula on the package. This formula has the best and only "scientific proof" of helping. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to detect macular degeneration?

See a retina special: Central visual distortion, when the disease is severe enough, occurs. An eye doctor can see the disease on dilated retinal exam and with additional testing such as Fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes macular degeneration?

AMD: There are multiple causes of macular degeneration and are usually age and history dependent. Most commonly in those over 55 is age-related macular degeneration. In younger patients, there may be hereditary causes. Trauma, infection and inflammation may also cause various forms of macular degeneration as well. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for age-related macular degeneration?

Is there a treatment for age-related macular degeneration?

Some treatments: Age related macular degeneration (armd) is a progressive disease that robs central vision. The "dry" form may be slowed with high doses of vitamins a, e, and c (areds formula), but there are no other treatments. The "wet" form is more visually devastating, but newer treatments (anti-vegf) can treat it more effectively than older therapies. ...Read more

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What sort of treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

What sort of treatments for age-related macular degeneration?

Dry and Wet: Dry armd is treated with areds oral supplementation in pill form as well as protection from uv light. Eating a diet of leafy green vegetables is important. Wet armd involves leaking, or bleeding retinal blood vessels. Treatment is with anti vegf injection in the eye and occasionaly laser treatment. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Diet supplements: For dry macular degeneration diet supplements (AREDS vitamins) like Ocuvite; for the wet form intravitreal injections such as Avastin or Lucentis (ranibizumab) ...Read more

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What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration in us?

What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration in us?

Several: 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 "wet" is intravitreal injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the "dry", areds vitamins. ...Read more

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What sort of treatments are for age-related macular degeneration?

What sort of treatments are for age-related macular degeneration?

There are 2 kinds: Wet and dry. You need to see a retina specialist, ask your eye doctor for a referral. The dry type is less treatable, the wet one has options. The most optimistic seems to be intraocular injections of drugs like bevasizumab, avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a treatment for macular degeneration?

Please let me know if there is a treatment for macular degeneration?

2 types. Wet and dry: There are two types of macular degeneration (amd), dry and wet. There are vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of progression in large studies for dry amd. The most recently recommended vitamin supplements are called areds2 and can be bought over the counter in various brands, such as ocuvite. There are other treatments if wet amd, such as injections of meds in the eye. ...Read more

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Which sort of treatments are there for age-related macular degeneration?

Some: The big question is what is the trigger for this condition? Treatment includes laser, steroids and pharmaceuticals termed vegf inhibitors which prevent abnormal blood vessel formation. There is a vitamin combination (areds + lutein) which can help. No cure is currently known but this is a subject of significant interest and investigation. Stay tuned. ...Read more

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What magnifiers and other visual aids are recommended for macular degeneration?

Several: The lions club in major cities runs a 'low vision clinic' with a selection of visual aids. It will depend upon your needs as to what is best for you and they have samples to try. There is also a new electronic device which looks like an iphone which you place on the print and it enlarges the image on the screen facing you. The lions can help you with this also. ...Read more

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Does macular degeneration lead to blindness?

Yes: Macular degeneration can and does lead to blindness. It is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. ...Read more

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How does macular degeneration cause floaters?

How does macular degeneration cause floaters?

ARMD Floaters?: Floaters are of two primary types--lets call them "fixed" or stationary floaters (also called scotomas) and "mobile" floaters. ARMD usually causes fixed floaters, not mobile floaters, and does so by damaging part of the retina to produce a blind spot or multiple blind spots by distorting the surface of the retina and damaging it. You are probably much too young for ARMD but discuss with eye doc. ...Read more

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Are there natural remedies for macular degeneration?

Yes: It's what you consider natural. The only therapy found to be beneficial so far for dry macular degeneration is the use of high-dose antioxidant vitamins and lutein. Some have advocated the use of omega-3 fat supplements. Others have recommended homeopathic remedies but the only proven treatments are the areds vitamins. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mvis (multivitamin) to slow macular degeneration (amd)?

Is it possible for mvis (multivitamin) to slow macular degeneration (amd)?

Not MVIs (multivitamin): High-doses of vitamins a, c, and e plus zinc and copper were shown in the age-related eye disease study (areds) over a 5 year period to decrease the progression to wet macular degeneration in eyes with certain high risk characteristics. The doses of these vitamins and minerals in the areds formulation (like preservision) are higher than what is typically found in an MVI (multivitamin) (like centrum). ...Read more