How to improve very poor vision from macular degeneration?

Low vision therapy. Unless the macular degeneration is responsive to injections (avastin, eleya or lucentis) the best course of action is to pursue low vision therapy to help maximize the remaining vision.

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At what age are you at risk for vision loss from macular degeneration?

Older age. Macular degeneration is mostly a condition of old age. There are a few inherited forms that can start in the 40's and 50's but most do not appear until the 70's and beyond. The risk is modest but increases with age. Some forms can be modified with treatment so see your retinal specialist if you suspect a problem. Read more...
50 years. Generally beginning at age 50 at the earliest. There is a strong inherited component; exposure to tobacco also increases risk. Read more...

How soon would macular degeneration that has started to turn WET (occult) lead to vision loss in 93 year old? Days, weeks, months? Urgent help needed

Depends. Unfortunately there is no good answer. I can affect your vision tomorrow with a big bleed or in a few more months. There is no way to predict it. Sorry. Read more...
Variable. Wet AMD is usually successfully treated with injections that clear up the vessels and the fluid leakage. This is not a cure but when successful it then turns into the slow progressing dry form. At age 93, with no vision loss yet, it is likely that good vision will be preserved for many years. Read more...

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

There . There are two main classifications of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The dry form is generally less debilitating, slower progressing and more common. The wet form generally has a much more profound effect on vision, is faster in its progression, fortunately less common and can vary greatly in treatment response. Treatment for the wet form can range from laser, a procedure called photodynamic therapy, injections into the eye (a relatively new form of treatment) and surgery. Now, treatment for the dry form is more controversial. It can range from simple observation, controlling one's lipid profile and a specific vitamin therapy. A type of laser procedure called ttt (transpupillary thermotherapy) has been used but with little success and traditional laser photocoagulation is not the procedure of choice for dry macular degeneration. Hope this helps. Read more...
There . There is no firm evidence that laser will prevent progression of vision loss with dry macular degeneration. There have been studies that showed that the drusen (yellow spots in the macula), when treated with laser, decreased in number. It is not known for sure what that means for the future of vision in these patients. Read more...
Standard . Standard of therapy for dry form of degeneration is observation. For the wet form of this condition there are several treatment options, one of which is laser photcoagulation. Read more...
Laser no help. Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula. Read more...

If a 30 y/o male has macular degeneration, is there anything he can try to help him improve his vision?

Rare in young people. There are vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of progression in large studies for dry macular degeneration. There are other treatments as well, such as injections of meds in the eye. However, that said, macular degeneration is very uncommon in a 30 y/o. I would recommend that you see a retina specialist for further evaluation and management. Read more...
Unusual. At age 30, typical macular degneration is not really present. In this age group, macular degeneration like conditions are generally hereditary dystropies (conditions that worsen early in life). Best to see a retina specialist to sort this out. Read more...

Do eye exercises really work? My mother-in-law has macular degeneration. Her doctor told her it's untreatable, so she has turned to the internet and found claims that eye exercises can "improve your vision naturally! " she even made me watch a youtube vid

Unfortunately, . Unfortunately, eye exercises will not help macular degeneration. However, there are things you can do. Your lifestyle can play a role in reducing your risk of developing amd. 1. Eat a healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables and fish. 2. Don't smoke. 3. Maintain normal blood pressure. 4. Watch your weight. 5. Exercise. If your mother develops the "wet form" of macular degeneration, there are medications that can be injected into the eye that may help slow or halt vision loss. Taking areds vitamins may help slow the progression the dry macular degeneration. Read more...
Unfortunately, . Unfortunately, eye exercises will not help macular degeneration, although exercises can help some eye conditions. Macular degeneration is a decline in the blood vessels and other cells in the back of the eye. In some cases medication or laser treatments can be helpful. Read more...
No. There are treatment options for both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration; "eye exercises" (?) play no role in treatment. Read more...
Nope they don't help. Eye exercise plays no role in the treatment of macular degeneration. Subretinal neovascularization or abnormal growth of vessels is treated with injections of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors into the eye. There are a number of investigative drugs for treatment of the dry form of macular degeneration none of which are available for wide release or FDA approved at this time. Read more...

Is the main cause of vision loss in older people glaucoma, diabetes, or macular degeneration?

Depends on age. There is a different spectrum of vision loss in these conditions depending upon age. Diabetes can alter the vision and will affect younger patients but diabetics tend to die from their disease and fail to reach old age. Glaucoma is common throughout older age but mostly is treatable. Macular degeneration is more common in the very elderly who are healthy enough to reach older ages. Read more...
Depends on age. There is a different spectrum of vision loss in these conditions depending upon age. Diabetes can alter the vision and will affect younger patients but diabetics tend to die from their disease and fail to reach old age. Glaucoma is common throughout older age but mostly is treatable. Macular degeneration is more common in the very elderly who are healthy enough to reach older ages. Read more...

Are there any conditions other than macular degeneration that cause lines to look wavy in your vision?

Several thi ngs. Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. Read more...
Yes. There are many: cystoid macular edema, macular hole, macular pcuker, diabetic macular edema, central serous retinopathy, vitelliform maculopathy, macular dystrophy, stargardt disease, among many others. See a retina specialist. Read more...
Yes, many. The most common condition that may cause wavy vision might be a macular pucker. Others include central serous chorioretinopathy, drusen in the macula, macular hole, etc. Best to get an exam with an eyemd! Read more...