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Not in the U.S.: There is little evidence that they actually work. ...Read more
Yes: There are several commercially available vitamins that reduce progression of macular degeneration. Ocuvites and i caps make a number of different supplements. Healthy eating of course is best incorporating spinach, kale, fish, and other green leafy vegetables into your diet. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not useful: Macular degeneration is a condition, mostly in the elderly, in which the central circulation gradually fails and vision is lost. No surgery known can reverse this process. There are supplements which can be useful and in certain types of macular degeneration, injections may also be useful. ...Read more
Not yet: While there are several medications as well as stem cell and gene therapies that are currently being investigated, no treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for geographic atrophy, the hallmark of dry amd. High dose anti-oxidant vitamin supplementation has been shown to be helpful in preventing the progression to the wet form of macular degeneration when certain early signs are present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Macular corneal dys.: Macular corneal dystrophy is a rare and progressive corneal problem that starts at an early age. It can lead to painful corneal erosions, light sensitivity, and vision loss. It is hereditary (autosomal recessive), and relatively common in Iceland and Saudi Arabia. Treatment is supportive until corneal transplantation is required. Laser procedures and DSEK are not effective unfortunately. ...Read more
Dystrophy: Best treatment depends on how extensive it is and your vision. What is your vision? Have you ever had PRK? Any other medical issues? There is good treatment. DALK using the big-bubble technique can be useful in treating corneal stromal dystrophies and may help prevent need for Corneal transplants. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more
No: Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms. However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can't fit into 400: characters.If you have Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. Can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness ...Read more
In retinal detachment surgery, how far are we from finding a pharmacological cure for / preventative agent against proliferative vitreoretinopathy?
Decades if ever. Why: Because humans=Hi-Tech, medical system=Low-Tech & issues=complex. Study: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proliferative_vitreoretinopathy & http://goo.gl/Blh6rW & http://goo.gl/44sPmg for perspective. The pharma industry (crucial to many easy to use advances) looks for single molecules which interact with our fantastic complexity for more benefit than harm, though later always easier & more common. ...Read more
Partly: Acute glaucoma is due to an anatomical eye issue most common in older adults who are hyperopic. Their internal fluid drainage is blocked by the iris. The goal is to lower the pressure and move the iris out of the way. This is done with several types of eyedrops and acetazolamide helps to lower the pressure. These folks will eventually have a laser opening made in their iris to prevent attacks. ...Read more
Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?
Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...Read more
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