Age Related Macular Degeneration

AMD has two forms - wet and dry. Below is an overview of wet and dry AMD

What is the Macula?

The macula is the center part of the retina that we look straight ahead with. The eye works like a camera. The retina is like the film in the back of a camera. The center of the retina is called the macula. When you look at someone's face or read a book, you are using your macula. That is where your fine vision is. The rest of the retina is for the side or peripheral vision. You cannot see well with your peripheral vision, but you can get around and function with your peripheral vision. Macular degeneration can cause central vision loss, but never causes loss of peripheral vision (side vision).

What is Dry Macular Degeneration?

Dry AMD occurs when drusen develop in the macula (see photo). Most people with dry AMD have normal or near normal vision. Only about 10 percent develop advanced dry AMD. Advanced dry AMD occurs when the retina thins out so much that the vision declines. We call the thin spots geographic atrophy. We recommend vitamins for patients with dry AMD and fish oil. Patient with dry AMD should follow their vision and amsler grid every day and report to their physician if their is a change in vision in either eye or a change on the amsler grid. It is very important to check each eye separately.

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What is Wet Macular Degeneration?

Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels start to grow in the macula. These blood vessels can also grow with scar tissue and blood (see photo). Untreated, most people with wet AMD lose their central vision. With treatment, the disease progression can usually be stopped and often reversed. Promt treatment leads to the best results, so if you have a sudden change in vision that could be a sign of wet AMD, you should see your physician urgently.

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Macular Degeneration NEWS

Below are current articles from a Google News Feed on Macular Degeneration

WebWire (press release)

“Nutrition is Key to Beating Macular Degeneration,” Says Author
WebWire (press release)
The health guide “How I Beat Macular Degeneration in the Early Stages and How You Can, Too!” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015) educates readers on how the aforementioned eye disease is far more treatable when symptoms are ...

MedCity News

Gemini Therapeutics closes $42.5M Series A for dry age-related macular degeneration therapy
MedCity News
We then matched each molecular abnormality with an appropriate therapeutic candidate: a recombinant protein, a monoclonal antibody or a gene therapy.” Age-related macular degeneration is the most common source of irreversible blindness, but there are ...

New Drug Slows Progression of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
“In addition to demonstrating a statistically significant slowing of disease over 12 months, APL-2's effect appears to increase in the second six months of the study, slowing down the rate of degeneration by almost half. We plan to move forward with ...

Early and intermediate age-related macular degeneration: update ...
Dove Medical Press
Abstract: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible central vision loss in developed countries. With the aging of population, ...

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Bionic Implant to Restore Vision Enters Clinical Trials in France (blog)
Pixium Vision has received approval in France to start a clinical trial to restore sight in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The French Pixium Vision, one of the companies of serial biotech entrepreneur Bernard Gilly, is ready to ...

How is the Age-Related Macular Degeneration Space Faring Now ...
The Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) space has been in the spotlight of late due to a number of developments. Earlier in the month, Swiss.

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The Atlantic

A Woman Went Blind After Stem Cells Were Injected in Her Eyes
The Atlantic
Last year, a 77-year-old woman traveled to a clinic in Georgia to have stem cells injected in her eyes. She came in hope of a cure—or at least something that could help her macular degeneration, which causes a dark spot to appear in the center of vision.

California moves against unlicensed stem-cell treatments — but is it doing enough?
Los Angeles Times
Among other cases, three elderly women were reported this year to have lost all or part of their vision after a “stem-cell” solution was injected into their eyeballs at a Florida clinic to treat macular degeneration. And bogus stem-cell treatments can ...

Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-related Macular Degeneration: Classification and Treatment
Geographic atrophy (GA), an advanced form of age-related macular degradation (AMD) affects approximately 5 million individuals worldwide. Advances in predictive and diagnostic techniques provide the opportunity for an earlier diagnosis of AMD yet ...

Louisville Business First

Apellis faces 'sizzling' IPO market, expert says
Louisville Business First
In August, Apellis announced promising results from a phase two clinical trial of APL-2 as a treatment for geographic atrophy, an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration. Proceeds from a $60 million funding round in August will be used, in ...

Plano Sunglasses Market to surpass 450 million units by 2024: Global Market Insights, Inc
Markets Insider
The American Optometric Association in a recent study depicted that over exposure to UV rays which increase the risk of macular degeneration can be combated by sunglasses with high eye protection factor (EPF). Furthermore, increasing proliferation of ...

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Could This Bionic Vision System Help Restore Sight?
The leading cause of age-related vision loss is macular degeneration—a disease that slowly eats away at the central vision, leaving a blurry or dark hole in the middle of your field of view. The National Institutes of Health estimates that by 2020 ...

Pixium Vision Receives Approval for First-in-Human Clinical Trial of PRIMA, Its Miniaturized Sub-Retinal Implant
Markets Insider
The clinical study entitled "Feasibility Study of Compensation for blindness with the PRIMA system in patients with dry age related macular degeneration”, is designed to evaluate the tolerance of PRIMA and to demonstrate the evoked central visual ...

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Silmäasema Oyj: Silmäasema supports the proposal of using client vouchers to pay for treating cataract and other eye ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
In the future, client vouchers can be used to pay for non-emergency medical appointments with healthcare professionals, such as regular follow-up appointments for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. "We are pleased with ...

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Researchers ID potential biomarkers of age-related macular ... (blog)
Patients with any stage of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) carry signs of the disease in their blood that may be found through special laboratory tests, ...

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Global Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market and ...
Business Wire (press release)
The latest research provides comprehensive insights into Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration pipeline, epidemiology, market valuations, product sales, ...

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WebWire (press release)

Health Researcher's Book Highlights a Growing Epidemic: Macular ...
WebWire (press release)
Alan N. McClain overcame a fast-growing eye disease. Now he is on a mission to help others avoid it and overcome it. , , , , The former management systems ...

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First Patient in the Nation Receives a Telescope Implant for Age ...
Business Wire (press release)
SARATOGA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VisionCare, Inc. ("VisionCare”), a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related ...

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Hardscrabble and Streator Lions clubs sponsor free screenings
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for more than 10 million Americans age 55 and older. This disease occurs when a small center portion of the retina (macula) deteriorates. Oftentimes this disease develops as a person ages, so it ...

Potential Biomarkers of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Discovered
Specialty Pharmacy Times
“Because the signs and symptoms of early stage AMD are very subtle, with visual symptoms only becoming apparent at more advanced stages of the disease, identification of biomarkers in human blood plasma may allow us to better understand the early to ...

Generation Us: Take care of your vision
The Daily Progress
However, as you age, the risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions — like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye — does increase, so it's good idea to have regular eyes exams.

Medical News Bulletin

Is Macular Degeneration Caused by C-Reactive Protein? - Medical ...
Medical News Bulletin
A 2017 study explored the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms of the C-reactive protein gene and age-related macular degeneration.

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The WHO selects Tivanisiran as the international nonproprietary ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Sylentis, a Pharmaceutical Company of PharmaMar Group (MCE: PHM), pioneer in the development of new compounds based on genetic silencing technology ...

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Truro Daily News

Living with macular degeneration presents challenges
Truro Daily News
AMD (age-related macular degeneration) is the leading cause of vision loss in Canada but most know little about the condition, which results in damage to the macula, the central part of the retina. Larry Waldick, of Hilden, has had AMD for 23 years. He ...

Complementology Conference Explores New Findings in Field
UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences News
Complement activation is an important aspect of systemic and organ diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, sensorial hearing loss, glomerulonephritis and several autoimmune diseases. “With a better ...

Want to have fantastic eye health? These tips can help
Don't smoke. Kicking the habit can have a positive effect on all areas of health, but Professor Read explains that quitting smoking is also important for eye health. Smoking increases the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and damage to your optic ...

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market — Global Industry ...
Medgadget (blog)
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the major cause of visual impairment in the aged population, which is an acquired retinal disorder and cau.
Local opticians open their doors for Age Related Macular

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Identification of lncRNAs involved in biological regulation in early age-related macular degeneration
Dove Medical Press
1Department of Ophthalmology, Changshu No. 2 People's Hospital, Changshu, China; 2Department of Ophthalmology, First Hospital Affiliated to Soochow University, Suzhou, China *These authors contributed equally to this work. Background: Age-related ...

Eye disorders plague women more than men
Northwest Herald
Women especially are prone to dry eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts and Fuchs corneal endothelial dystrophy, in which a layer of cells on the inner part of the cornea die, causing vision to become cloudy or hazy.

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What about Resources?

Dr. Pautler's Blog
American Academy of Ophthalmology
National Institutes of Health
  • ARMD
    NIH's SeniorHealth website covers the topic of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
National Eye Institute
American Foundation for the Blind - Senior Site
  • Macular Degeneration
    Basic information about AMD and low vision; includes a self-test using an Amsler Grid
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
LightHouse International
  • Macular Degeneration
    Provides a general overview of the basics of AMD, and a simulation showing a scene as it might be viewed by a person with AMD
Prevent Blindness America