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

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Macular Degeneration: Stem Cells Restore Sight in Small Study
Doctors in the UK say they have taken an important step towards treating a common form of blindness – wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Results of a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology describe how stem cell therapy can ...
Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Partnering Directory 2018PR Newswire (press release)
Appointment Compliance in Patients With Diabetic Macular Edema and Exudative Macular DegenerationHealio
Doctors have managed to restore vision in two patients with macular degenerationThe Talking Democrat
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Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back'
BBC News
Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK - age-related macular degeneration. Douglas Waters, 86, could not see out of his right eye, but "I can now read the newspaper" with it, he says. He was one of ...
Doctors hope for blindness cure after restoring patients' sightThe Guardian
Both patients in the trial had "wet" age-related macular
Doctors Restore Sight In Two Patients With Common Form Of BlindnessIFLScience
ZME Science -Daily Mail
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Week Facts

New Stem Cell Treatment Reverses Vision Loss in 2 Patients
Live Science
Two people who were going blind can now see the world in much greater detail than before thanks to an experimental stem cell treatment for age-related macular degeneration, according to a new study. One patient in the study, Douglas Waters, had severe ...
Stem Cell Therapy Reverses Blindness in Two PatientsNewsweek
Stem cell therapy restores sight in two patientsNew York Daily News
Patients regain sight with stem cell treatment in UK clinical trialCBS News
Week Facts -New Scientist -Tech Times -BBC News
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Dysregulation of Anti-Sense Transcription Revealed in Eye Tissues ...
MD Magazine
According to the investigators, this is the first time a consistent and dramatic global effect on antisense transcription has been associated with a disease state in humans.

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The UCSB Current

Stem Cells Treat Macular Degeneration
The UCSB Current
In July 2015, 86-year-old Douglas Waters developed severe age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He struggled to see things clearly, even when up close. A few months later, he became part of a clinical trial that used stem cell-derived ocular cells ...
UK Doctors Used Stem Cells to Restore Eyesight in Two People With Macular DegenerationGizmodo
UK doctors use stem cells to restore patients'
A pioneering stem cell treatment restores eyesight in nearly blind patientsDigital Trends
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Big Think (blog)

Cure for blindness: Breakthrough therapy may reverse macular ...
Big Think (blog)
Half of all blindness in humans is due to macular degeneration. There looks to be a cure.

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Researchers helped develop a specially engineered retinal patch to treat people with sudden, severe sight loss
Science Daily
"This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degeneration," said co-author Peter Coffey, a professor at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute and co ...


Macular degeneration is occurring earlier —and the culprit may surprise you
Editor's Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind ...
Doctors have restored the sight of two people in a monumental ...ScienceAlert
Treatment breakthrough for macular
Patients with macular degeneration regain vision in breakthrough studyThe Sydney Morning Herald

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New York Times

Patient Voices: Macular Degeneration
New York Times
For many years, Dick Coulson, a retired orthodontist, has been living with macular degeneration that affects only his right eye. For the first 15 years of the disease, Mr. Coulson had the dry form of macular degeneration. Then, as macular degeneration ...
The Worldwide Juvenile Macular Degeneration Market | Estimated to Grow CAGR at 6.7% till 2023Medgadget (blog)

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Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Partnering Deals and Agreements 2012-2018 -
Business Wire (press release)
The Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Partnering Terms and Agreements since 2012 report provides understanding and access to partnering deals and agreements entered into by the world's leading healthcare companies. The report provides an analysis ...

Science Daily

New gene therapy corrects a form of inherited macular degeneration in canine model
Science Daily
Best disease, or vitelliform macular degeneration, is an inherited blinding disorder caused by mutations in the BEST1 gene. It often manifests in children and young adults, gradually robbing them of their central vision. Through a variety of studies ...

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satPRnews (press release)

Age-related Macular Degeneration Market 2018 Manufactures, Types, Applications and Regions (China, Japan, South ...
Pharmaceuticals News
Age-related Macular Degeneration Market report tells about the manufacturing process, raw material and equipment suppliers, various manufacturing associated costs, historical & futuristic cost, revenue, demand and supply data, the actual process. Age ...
Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Market 2018- Bayer HealthCaresatPRnews (press release)

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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market 2027: A Research Towards a Cure, Immune-Based and Gene ...
Healthcare Journal
“Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market Insights, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2027, report provides a detailed analysis of the Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) epidemiology and market outlook Along with provides the overview of the ...

Growing prevalence rate of AMD is propelling the growth of age-related macular degeneration market
Healthcare Journal
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 causes the deterioration of macula. Macula is a part of retina that is responsible for central ...

Duke scientists pinpoint new therapeutic target for macular degeneration
Duke Researchers have pinpointed a new therapeutic target for macular degeneration, an eye disease that affects over 10 million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60. Clinical trials have shown that injection of human ...
Overlooked Cell Key Player In Preventing Age-Related Vision LossDuke Today

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Wet Macular Degeneration Market Report 2027 studies Type, Treatment Algorithm along with Treatment Guidelines
Healthcare Journal
Wet Macular Degeneration Market Insights, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2027, report provides a detailed analysis of the Wet Macular Degeneration epidemiology and market outlook Along with provides the overview of the Wet Macular Degeneration by ...

Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market Size, Top Manufacturers, Product Type, Application And Specification ...
Healthcare Journal
Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market report provides key statistics on the market status, present situation & future forecast of Global and Chinese Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug industry.The Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug market ...


BenevolentAI and charities to seek macular degeneration cure
BenevolentAI and a group of UK sight loss charities have launched a new partnership to use the firm's AI-powered drug discovery to find treatments and a potential cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in ...
Two Foundations Partner to Improve Care for Those Affected by Macular DegenerationNewswise (press release)
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market 2027 Analysis, Growth, Drivers, Vendors Landscape, Shares, Size ...Healthcare Trends
Charities employ artificial intelligence in hunt for AMD cureThe Pharma Letter
Computer Business Review
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St George News

What is macular degeneration and how can it be treated?
St George News
Unfortunately, many individuals become prone to disease of the retina as they age. This undated image is an example of what happens to the eye during macular degeneration, location and date not specified | Image courtesy of Zion Eye Institute, St ...

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Business Wire (press release)

Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration - Pipeline Analysis | Technavio
Business Wire (press release)
Technavio has published a new market research report on gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration from 2018-2022. (Graphic: Business Wire). Technavio has published a new market research report on gene therapy for age-related macular ...

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FDA Approves 0.3-mg Prefilled Syringe for Lucentis Administration
P&T Community
The FDA has approved the ranibizumab injection (Lucentis, Genentech) 0.3-mg prefilled syringe (PFS) as a new method of administering the medicine to treat all forms of diabetic retinopathy. In April 2017, Lucentis 0.3 mg became, and remains, the first ...

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Retinal patch with stem cells treats macular degeneraiton
People usually start with dry macular degeneration, which causes blurred or reduced central vision because of thinning of the macula. The dry condition, which accounts for 70 percent to 90 percent of all cases, can develop into the wet type, which is ...

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Investigating the enigmatic link between periodontal inflammation ...
EurekAlert (press release)
At the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), Hyun Hong, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University ...

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WXII The Triad

Signs & Symptoms Of Macular Degeneration
WXII The Triad
Dr. Raj Shah of WFBMC stopped by today to speak about Macular Degeneration and the effects it can have on our eyesight over time. Advertisement. Signs & Symptoms Of Macular Degeneration. Loading more articles... Advertisement. Company helps dog owners ...

Country Guide

Keeping your eyes in tip-top shape
Country Guide
Some studies have shown that antioxidants can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and as a result you will find many “eye health” vitamin formulations on pharmacy shelves. But you don't necessarily need a supplement ...

5 things to know about macular degeneration
The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina and necessary for sharp vision. As the name of the disease implies, macular degeneration causes damage to this area and is also a leading cause of vision loss for those 50 and older, according to the ...

BBC News

The news that made us smile this week
BBC News
Image copyright Fergus Walsh Image caption Douglas Walters says he can now read a newspaper with his right eye. Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK - age-related macular degeneration. The ...

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Wet Macular Degeneration API Market : Overview, Top Manufactures, Market Demands, Opportunities, In-Depth ...
Healthcare Trends
Wet Macular Degeneration API Market – Global Manufacturers, Marketed and Phase III Drugs Landscape, 2018 report provides comprehensive insights about marketed and Phase III products for Wet Macular Degeneration API . The report includes information of ...

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Investigating the enigmatic link between periodontal inflammation and retinal degeneration
Science Codex
... Hyun Hong, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, presented a poster titled "Investigating the Enigmatic Link Between Periodontal Inflammation and Retinal Degeneration." The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA ...

A Mile in My Shoes
Nikie Jenkinson, Executive Director of the White County United Way, wore tunnel vision goggles for part of the day, simulating macular degeneration. She was able to wear them about 45 minutes total, which some people said was longer than they had worn ...

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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