What the heck is macular degeneration really?

Central vision loss. I agree with dr bensinger, additionally, second hand cigarette smoke exposure at a young age can lead to macular degeneration decades later. If your parents smoked in the house before you were 18 you are at higher risk than non-smokers. There are two types of macular degeneration wet and dry. Recently success in treating the wet form w shots and -vitamins w lutein, fish oil & vitamn d are useful.
Many diseases. . I see age related macular degeneration every day in my practice. What we know about it: many genes on many chromosomes involved - genetic component, but also environmental or epigenetic factors including antioxidant levels. The net result of these factors is a disease that results in gradual vision loss due to degeneration of retinal tissue in the macula.
Vision loss/old age. Macular degeneration is mostly an old age failure of the central blood supply to the macular (most sensitive and detailed vision) area of the retina. The cause is unknown. Treatment includes certain injections for leaking vessels, and supportive vitamin supplements. See your ophthalmologist if you suspect you have this problem.

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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. Read more...

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...

Is macular degeneration curabr?

No. Macular degeneration cannot be cured. Certain vitamins and fish oil can slow the progression of the disease. Read more...
See Below. Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures right now. Read more...
No. Right now we have treatments, some of which are very good to treat wet amd, but there is no real cure. 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...

Will ookp help macular degeneration?

Which kind? Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains to lessen the risk of future vision loss. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of medicine directly in the eye (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). If your vision is severely bilaterally affected, you can see a low vision specialist. Ask your retina specialist today. Read more...
No. The osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (ookp) is a replacement for the cornea. The problem in macular degeneration is the other end of the eye, the retina. 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...

How can I help my macular degeneration?

See ophthalmologist. Regularly, and in some cases, eye vitamins can help. Also avoid sun. Read more...
Which kind? Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of medicine directly in the eye (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). If you're vision is severely bilaterally affected, you can see a low vision specialist. Ask your retina specialist today. Read more...

What is symptom of macular degeneration?

Varries. I have seen patients with many different symptoms (first sign) of macular degeneration. The most common is decreased ability to read (or need more light to read) or difficulty adapting to sudden changes in the lighting in the environment; light to dark or dark to light situations. Read more...
Decreased vision. Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant. Read more...

Can dry macular degeneration be reversed?

Probably not. Macular degeneration ir due to damage and atrophy of the macula, the central part of the retina where vision is sharpest. Two types (wet &dry) exist and treatment/ppognosis varies. The dry type is usually more benign and slower to progress. Treatment is aimed at halting progression. It includes smoking cessation as well as vitamin/antioxident supplements. Read more...
No. Classic dry older aged macular degeneration is progressive at its own rate. The areds vitamin supplement has been shown to slow the progression but nothing so far reverses the damage. You should be followed for this by a retinal specialist . Read more...