What is 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. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50.

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What is macular degeneration?

See below. Age-related macular degeneration (amd) is a retinal condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). There are “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a top cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years) in industrialized countries. Read more...
Many. Age related macular degeneration (amd) is a leading cause of visual loss in the elderly population. Treatment depends on type and severity of amd. The symptoms are highly variable also: mild to moderate blurring in central areas of vision, distortion of images, haziness. Sometimes, in early stages, pt do not yet have symptoms. Read more...

What causes macular degeneration?

Vitamins lifestyle. Macular degeneration is thought to occur from aging, exposure to uv radiation, exposure to toxins (smoking) and "pre-programmed" by genetics (family and race). You can lessen your risk by am early eye exam, don't smoke, shield your exposure from uv and follow your doctor's advice for nutrition and vitamins based on your age and exam. No prescribed drug yet. Read more...
Genetics. The predisposition for macular degeneration is inherited. It is a very complex disease with several, if not many genetic mutations contributing to risk. Additionally, there are other health factors that modulate disease risk. Most importantly nutrition, but also life style (smoking=bad), etc. Rule of thumb: if something is thought to be good for the heart, it probably also reduces amd risk. Read more...

What is macular degeneration? What are the causes of this?

Macular degeneration. Is when the layer of cells of the back of the retina do not function well, leaving deposits called drusen mostly in the central vision area, the macula. This is caused by the age ing process, things that can damage the retina cells, ie uv light, and can be related to nutritional deficiencies. This entity is called age related macular degeneration( amd). Risk factors include old age, family histor. Read more...

What is macular degeneration and how can it be prevented?

Two types. 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea. There is no prevention, only treatment (and no cure). See an eye doctor regularly (screening), and see a retina specialist if you are diagnosed. Read more...

What does macular degeneration with a hemorrhage really mean?

Wet form. Macular degeneration with a hemorrage usually signifies new blood vessels growing from the choroid - a blood rich supporting layer of the retina. This is most frequently seen with the wet form and can often be treated with intraocular injectable medications such as Avastin or lucentis (ranibizumab). Read more...
Treatment needed. If the hemorrhage is from the macular degeneration, then by definition you have the wet/exudative form and thus need treatment with an intravitreal injection of an anti-vegf medicine by a retina specialist. Read more...
Abnormal vessel leak. New blood vessels leak under macula, causing changes in the retinal cells and vision. Read more...

What exactly is macular degeneration?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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...
A disease. Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease that affects the rods and cones (photoreceptors) in the retina. The degeneration and death of these is multifactorial. Changes in nutrition, blood flow, heredity, ultraviolet exposure all increase your risks for the disease. Best defense: uv protection , good diet high in green leafy vegetables, multivitamin with lutein-- and don't get a day older. Read more...