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What causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

What causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Aging: There is still no clear single cause for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is a disease of geriatric. The incident is highest among those over 70. Genetic may play a role. Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of progression of the disease. Other conditions have also been cited such as cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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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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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 long should age-related macular degeneration last?

How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

Chronic Disease: 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 the wet form; is injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the dry form, areds vitamins. ...Read more

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What does age-related macular degeneration seem like?

What does age-related macular degeneration seem like?

See below: A distortion or blurry spot or missing area in one's central vision is typically what your symptom would be. ...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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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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What can differentiate dry and wet age related 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. ...Read more

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Which medication should you take for age-related macular degeneration?

Which medication should you take for age-related macular degeneration?

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 is the definition or description of: age-related macular degeneration?

Aging retina: If you think of your eye as being like a camera, the macula is like the film of the camera. It is the part of the eye that develops the image of whatever you are looking at. In macular degeneration, the retina is wearing down, sort of like camera film that is getting too old. The image become less and less clear as the macula wears down, sort of like a camera that can't take a clear picture. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Age related macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration: Defined as macular degeneration that occurs in older people, but sometimes the same pathological occurrence can happen in younger folk. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

Technically yes: In general when people use the term 'macular degeneration' they are referring to the age-related form, but technically there are other types. Age-related macular degeneration is by far the most common, and the other and more rare forms are often hereditary and present much earlier in life. ...Read more

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I am 42 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve vision?

Correct diagnosis?: At age 42, you are unlikely to have age-related macular degeneration. That is a disease of people aged 50+. I would see a retina specialist to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

Yes: Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types. ...Read more

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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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