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What exactly is macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Eye disease

Dysregulation of the complement system with some gene-enivronment interaction (nutrition, smoking, etc) leads to leakage, build up of lipid deposits, neovascularization, and vision loss.

In brief: Eye disease

Dysregulation of the complement system with some gene-enivronment interaction (nutrition, smoking, etc) leads to leakage, build up of lipid deposits, neovascularization, and vision loss.
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Two main forms

There are two general types: the dry form accounting for about 85% of cases which is generally a slow decrease of central vision.
The wet form which is more severe has new blood vessels growing in the macula and generally causes more serious and rapid vision loss.

In brief: Two main forms

There are two general types: the dry form accounting for about 85% of cases which is generally a slow decrease of central vision.
The wet form which is more severe has new blood vessels growing in the macula and generally causes more serious and rapid vision loss.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Central vision loss

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.

In brief: Central vision loss

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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology

In brief: Central visual loss

Macular degeneration is usually classified as either wet or dry .
Wet involves the development of an abnormal vascular membrane which bleeds and damages the overlying retinal tissue. Dry is the slow atrophy of the retinal tissue. There is drug therapy in the form of intraocular injections available to treat the wet form if caught at an early enough stage.

In brief: Central visual loss

Macular degeneration is usually classified as either wet or dry .
Wet involves the development of an abnormal vascular membrane which bleeds and damages the overlying retinal tissue. Dry is the slow atrophy of the retinal tissue. There is drug therapy in the form of intraocular injections available to treat the wet form if caught at an early enough stage.
Dr. Douglas Liva
Dr. Douglas Liva
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