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What's age-related macular degeneration? Who gets it?
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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Samuel Barone
Dr. Samuel Barone
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
There are two forms: dry (where aging spots in the central retina [macula] called drusen occur), and wet (where swelling, bleeding, and scarring occur in the macula). AREDS vitamins are recommended for dry and intravitreal injections are recommended for wet.
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Dieck
Dr. William Dieck
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