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Can you compare and contrast the differences between glaucoma and macular degeneration?

Can you compare and contrast the differences between glaucoma and macular degeneration?

Eye diseases: Both are incurable. Both have recommended treatment algorithms. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that generally affects peripheral vision first and moves inward late in disease to affect center vision. Macular degeneration is a disease of the macula (center of vision), that slowly robs the ability to read and see centrally without affecting peripheral vision. Both generally aging diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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There is a family history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, how likely will it be that I will get that?

There is a family history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, how likely will it be that I will get that?

Depends: Family history (genetics) is a risk factor for both. We can not gauge your risk genetically yet. You should see your eye doctor on a regular basis (yearly) to surveil against these and other eye diseases. ...Read more

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I have macular degeneration and glaucoma also a catarac over my central vision. What should I do?

See below: Get coordinated care between your retina specialist and general ophthalmologist/glaucoma specialist. Come up with a plan all together. ...Read more

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Failing eye tests. Could it be glaucoma or macular degeneration?

Be seen: It could be many things, including your causes. Be seen by an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for macular degeneration/narrow angle glaucoma?

What is the treatment for macular degeneration/narrow angle glaucoma?

Different Rx: Macular degeneration: dry: areds multivitamin supplement, green leafy vegetables high in lutein, uv protection, ? Possibly fish oil. Wet:
laser, vedf intraocular injection.
Narrow angle glaucoma: a laser iridotomy. ...Read more

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My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean I will go blind too?

My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean I will go blind too?

Probably not: Both of these are typically slow developing diseases and can be identified early if you obtain routine visits with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are side effect of using timolol maleate eyedrops for glaucoma/macular degeneration?

What are side effect of using timolol maleate eyedrops for glaucoma/macular degeneration?

Timolol eye drops: Are used to lower eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. Side effects are mostly due to the timolol getting in your system through your tear drainage system. They include shortness of breath, low heart rate, tiredness, dry mouth, and decreased libido. The preservatives in these types of drops can cause eye redness, irritation, and blurry vision. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration?

What is macular degeneration?

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. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration?

What is macular degeneration?

See below: Age-related macular degeneration (amd) is a retinal condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). There are “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a top cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years) in industrialized countries. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration curabr?

Is macular degeneration curabr?

See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures right now. ...Read more

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What causes macular degeneration?

Genetics: The predisposition for macular degeneration is inherited. It is a very complex disease with several, if not many genetic mutations contributing to risk. Additionally, there are other health factors that modulate disease risk. Most importantly nutrition, but also life style (smoking=bad), etc. Rule of thumb: if something is thought to be good for the heart, it probably also reduces amd risk. ...Read more

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What exactly is macular degeneration?

Two types: This is a failure of the maintainance of the health of vessels supplying the critical, central portion of the retina. In the 'wet' form, the vessels leak and can cause sudden, profound vision loss. The dry form vessels slowly dry up, leading to gradual vision loss. Meds to treat the wet form are available and if successful, convert you to the dry form. Use the areds supplement to slow it down. ...Read more

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Macular degeneration. What is recommended?

See doctor...: ...On regular basis and if there is any acute change- can be treated with injection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macular degeneration?

Number of factors: Macular degeneration (amd) is primarily an age-related disease (age 50+), but there are genetic and environmental factors that contribute to age of onset and severity. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack) are also risk factors for amd. Smoking is the top modifiable risk factor. Of course, there is a lot we still don't understand about amd. ...Read more

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What the heck is macular degeneration really?

Central vision loss: I agree with dr bensinger, additionally, second hand cigarette smoke exposure at a young age can lead to macular degeneration decades later. If your parents smoked in the house before you were 18 you are at higher risk than non-smokers. There are two types of macular degeneration wet and dry. Recently success in treating the wet form w shots and -vitamins w lutein, fish oil & vitamn d are useful. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having macular degeneration?

Depends: The symptoms can range from nothing at all to severe loss of vision. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the best course of action. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for macular degeneration?

Genetics are Key: Recent studies show that the main risk factors for developing amd are genes you inherited from your parents related to inflammation. Environment also plays a role. Smoking is a definite risk factor and dietary intake also probably also plays a role. The role of light exposure in provoking amd is still undecided. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration? What are the causes of this?

Macular degeneration: Is when the layer of cells of the back of the retina do not function well, leaving deposits called drusen mostly in the central vision area, the macula. This is caused by the age ing process, things that can damage the retina cells, ie uv light, and can be related to nutritional deficiencies. This entity is called age related macular degeneration (amd). Risk factors include old age, family histor. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration curable?

Unfortunately not.: While there are ways to slow or treat the disease processes in age-related macular degeneration, particularly the wet form, there is presently no cure for the disease. ...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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Is there any way to prevent macular degeneration?

Only reduce risks: If you are at risk for macular degeneration we generally recommend the following: no smoking, control blood pressure, eat lots of pigmented vegetables and fruits, luetin and omega-3 supplements, wear sunglasses and get regular eye exams. ...Read more

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Macular degeneration--is it always in old people?

Macular degeneration--is it always in old people?

See below: Age-related macular degeneration (amd) only occurs in adults after one's forties. Diseases that may look like amd but happen earlier include macular dystrophy, best's disease, stargardt disease, among others. See a retina specialist. ...Read more

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What is stargardts disease (macular degeneration)?

See below: This genetic disease is sometimes called juvenile macular degeneration. This is no effective treatment for this disease that causes loss of central/reading vision. This disease may likely be treated by gene therapy as only 2 different gene defects are known to cause it. ...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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Is astaxanthin helpful w/ dry macular degeneration?

Possible: This is an antioxident supplement, but once damage is done it probably won't help. On the other hand if you don't hve side effects it cannot hurt to try. ...Read more

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Can alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse?

Can alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse?

Not really: Alcohol in moderation will not worsen this. Are you sure you have macular degeneration? You are too young at 35 years old to have age-related macular degeneration, but perhaps you have something else. ...Read more

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Can you recommend magnifiers for macular degeneration?

Lighthouse: Is an excellent institution that can fit you with the best optical aids. ...Read more

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How to treat age-related macular degeneration quickly?

Which kind?: Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of medicine directly in the eye (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). ...Read more

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Should alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse?

No. In moderation: Alcohol has no influence on the progression or response to treatment of wet macular degeneration. Moderate alcohol consumption of red wine and small amounts of hard liquor have been found associated with a lower chance of developing amd. It does not cure or help its once it has started. ...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