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How can I help prevent macular degeneration?

AREDS vitamins. The national eye institute did a study that showed that a particular vitamin formula called areds can help reduce progression of macular degenration in people with high risk characteristics. You should see your ophthalmologist to determine if you have these characteristics. There are particular eye vitamins that your eye md may recommend for your general ocular health. Read more...
You can't, however.. Macular degeneration is thought to occur from aging, exposure to uv radiation, exposure to toxins (smoking) and "pre-programmed" by genetics (family and race). Many of the factors are beyond anyone's control, however 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. 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...

Is there any way to prevent macular degeneration?

Only reduce risks. If you are at risk for macular degeneration we generally recommend the following: no smoking, control blood pressure, eat lots of pigmented vegetables and fruits, luetin and omega-3 supplements, wear sunglasses and get regular eye exams. Read more...
Possibly . Studies show that individuals who have diets enriched in omega 3 fatty acids seem to have lower rates of vision loss from amd. Modifiable risk factors like smoking cessation and lower sun exposure may also help prevent loss of vision from amd. This is one of the most exciting areas of eye research today. Stay tuned. Read more...

How do antioxidants promote prevention of macular degeneration?

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 more...
Not great. Doesn't work well for primary prevention. May help if already have disease in one eye and want to prevent worsening in the fellow eye. Antioxidants block damaging free radicals. Read more...
Yes. The vitamin formula that was shown to slow the disease is areds.Consumption of fish (tuna or salmon) has been shown to reduce the risk by up to 40% in women. Read more...
They don't. There's no study, as far as i know that shows antioxidants prevent macular degen. There are studies that show that if you do have the disease, certain vitamins do help slow the progression. Read more...

If a parent has age-related macular degeneration, should the children take lutein or other prevention?

Other prevention. The main risk factors for macular degeneration are smoking, age, high blood pressure and having minimal pigmentation (blue eyes, blond hair). Supplement for macular degeneration have only proven to be preventative when certain levels of damage already exist. Before that, use sunglasses, eat healthily, exercise and don't smoke. Read more...
Yes. Having a parent with macular degeneration does not mean you will get the disease. Genetics does play a role as does age , nutritional status and uv exposure history. Since you can't change your family history and i assume you want to get older, take a multivitamin with lutein, wear sunglasses and eat green leafy vegetables. Read more...
No evidence. Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined. There is no evidence that taking supplements prior to developing the signs of amd will prevent it from developing. Furthermore, recent areds ii study results showed that lutein was not more effective than original areds formula. Read more...

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I'm 65 and was recently diagnosed with macular degeneration. I want to do whatever I can to prevent myself from going blind. Is laser photocoagulation a safe treatment to cure my condition?

About . About 90% of patients with macular degeneration have the dry kind. Progression is usually gradual. The areds vitamins have been shown to slow progression by about 25%. In addition, a recent study showed eating fish at least once weekly reduced the incidence of macular degeneration. Laser photocagulation is not used to treat dry macular degeneration. The link below has more information. Read more...
Not really. Modern treatment of macular degeneration involves the use of laser photocoagulation less and less. Most people have dry macular degeneration which does not require surgical intervention. For those with the wet form, drugs are used much more than lasers today. Regardless of the treatment, we cannot cure macular degeneration currently. We can only manage it. 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...

How do antioxidants prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

Maybe. For macular degeneration - free radicals appear to play a significant role. There is currently a prevention arm of the areds which is looking at supplements in preventing the progression of macular degeneration. It's often better to eat a good diet, exercise and reduce other risk factors than take supplements. Oh yes, please don't smoke! Read more...
Oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress can cause changes in cells and become cancerous. So logic would say, antioxidants would prevent cancer.But unfortunately studies to this day have yet to prove antioxidants do anything to prevent cancer. This needs to be investigated further. Read more...