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Doctor insights on: Macular Edema Vs Macular Degeneration

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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

Dr. John Landi
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...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?

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?

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

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Have doctors stopped or reversed 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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How effective is zinc for treating macular degeneration?

How effective is zinc for treating macular degeneration?

Effective: In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, zinc was found to be effective in slowing the loss of vision in people with macular degeneration. Adding anti-oxidant vitamins doubled the efficacy. The current recommendation is the AREDS 2 formula. ...Read more

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Glasses/contacts and macular degeneration, can they help?

Glasses/contacts and macular degeneration, can they help?

It depends.: Glasses or contacts may improve vision in a otherwise healthy eyes. If there is damage from eye disease, they may help to some degree, but may not help at all if there is significant damage to the macula, such as in advanced macular degeneration. There may be some benefit to advanced macular degeneration with low vision aids, such as magnifying aids, etc. ...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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Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

Wet vs dry macular: They are both bad, but each act differently. Wet macular degeneration can cause a sudden dramatic loss of central vision, but has a treatment available to improve the vision if this happens. Dry macular degeneration is slow and progressive central vision loss over years that is currently irreversible. ...Read more

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How effective is Ranibizumab for treating macular degeneration?

Very: Ranibizumab is one of four injectable medications currently available for treatment of wet (exudative) macular degeneration. The others are pegaptanib, bevacizumab and aflibercept. Pegaptanib is not used much anymore because it does not work as well. The other three agents work very similarly. In about 40% of eyes vision improves by 2 of more lines, and 90% + have stabilization or improvement. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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