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What are dry and wet macular degeneration?

What are dry and wet macular degeneration?

Subcategory: Divided this way since the treatment is different. Wet forms are currently treated with serial anti-vegf injections. Dry does not have leakage but can lead to geographic atrophy which also permanently decreases vision. ...Read more

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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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What are the stages of wet macular degeneration?

What are the stages of wet macular degeneration?

Stages of mac degen: The areds severity scale has been used to classify dry macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration does not have such linear demarcations. It is categorized into classical cnv and occult cnv. There are several subtypes of occult. There are two variants of amd, (retinal angiomatous proliferation) RAP and pcv (polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy). Findings associated with wet amd are critical. ...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 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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Should alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse?

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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Is it possible to keep living independently with age-related macular degeneration? I've just been diagnosed with wet macular degeneration. I'm only 50, and don't want to have to move into assisted living or a nursing home any time soon. How long can I rea

You : You are a bit young for a diagnoses of the typical macular degeneration, but does happen. You are fortunate it is 2012 and that we have outstanding treatments available (i would expect even better treatments to emerge during your lifetime as well). As you know, macular degeneration can impact the central vision. This is what we use for reading - this is the type of vision that one also needs for driving (one needs 20/40 in one eye to drive with an unrestricted license. One usually needs 20/70 in one eye for daytime privileges). While macular degeneration can move vision to less than 20/70 in some patients, i virtually see no patients with it who cannot care for themselves and live independently. Remain optimistic and see your eye doctor if you note vision changes. ...Read more

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Will alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse? I'm going to an eye specialist (or ophthalmologist) soon, what should I expect?

Will alcohol make my wet macular degeneration worse? I'm going to an eye specialist (or ophthalmologist) soon, what should I expect?

Unlikely: There is no known association between wet macular degeneration worsening and alcohol. Please remember that too much alcohol is of course not healthy in any way, so enjoy in moderation. ...Read more

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Do wet and dry macular degeneration create the same problems?

Not exactly: Both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration 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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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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Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

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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