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

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Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men
New York Times
Then they tracked diagnoses of age-related macular degeneration, from 2009 to 2013. Macular degeneration, the progressive deterioration of the central area of the retina, is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. They found that exercising ...


ASK THE EXPERT: What is Macular Degeneration?
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back ...


University of Virginia

UVA Discovers Trigger for Macular Degeneration That Robs Millions of Vision
University of Virginia
In a major step forward in the battle against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a critical trigger for the damaging inflammation that ...
Researchers find possible trigger for macular degenerationThe Charlottesville Newsplex
Researchers at UVA Say They Have Found the Enzyme That Triggers Macular DegenerationCommunity Idea Stations

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Wisconsin Public Radio News

Zorba Paster: Supplement May Slow Wet Macular Degeneration
Wisconsin Public Radio News
The progression of a potentially devastating form of partial blindness, wet macular degeneration, can be slowed by taking a supplement loaded with antioxidants, zinc and copper, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal's ...


Madison.com

Dr. Zorba Paster: Supplement seems to slow wet macular degeneration
Madison.com
According to new research published in the British Medical Journal's Ophthalmology, the progression of a potentially devastating form of partial blindness, wet macular degeneration, can be slowed by taking a supplement loaded with antioxidants, zinc ...
Europe Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market and Competitive Landscape 2017-2021 - Research and MarketsBusiness Wire (press release)
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market -Epidemiology Forecast to 2025Medgadget (blog)

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Medical News Bulletin

How Prevalent is Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Australia?
Medical News Bulletin
A recent population-based study examined the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration in both indigenous and nonindigenous Australians. The macula is a highly-pigmented area in the human eye, responsible for high-resolution, coloured vision. Age ...
Wet Macular Degeneration Market – Industry Challenges, Key Vendors, Drivers, Trends and Forecast 2025MilTech
Wet Macular Degeneration Market – Industry Challenges, Key ...satPRnews (press release)

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Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Partnering 2010 to 2017
PR Newswire (press release)
The Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Partnering Terms and Agreements since 2010 report provides understanding and access to partnering deals and agreements entered into by the world's leading healthcare companies. Download the full report: https ...

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News Chief

More treatment and ongoing research provide hope for people with macular degeneration
News Chief
WINTER HAVEN — Jeanette Bolick learned about a decade ago she has age-related macular degeneration, a condition targeting the macula or central part of the retina. If the diagnosis had come in the 1990s, she probably would be legally blind today ...

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HuffPost

Benita Campbell: From 'Ice Cream Lady' to a Blind Entrepreneur Leader
HuffPost
The kitchen at the roller skating rink her parents co-owned was tiny, with one flat top grill and a deep fryer. Nevertheless, Benita Campbell loved it and began working there at the age of nine, a year after she was diagnosed with juvenile macular ...


Wisconsin Public Radio News

Risk Of Age-Related Illnesses Decrease For Baby Boomers
Wisconsin Public Radio News
Since the start of the 20th century a person's chance of getting age-related macular degeneration has declined significantly, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison eye doctor studying the disease. Since 1988, researchers have followed more ...


WebWire (press release)

Health Researcher Reveals Secrets of Overcoming Early Macular Degeneration
WebWire (press release)
How I Beat Macular Degeneration in the Early Stages and How You Can, Too! by Alan N McClain. Years of dedicated health studies have revealed affordable nutritional steps for optimum health and even overcoming a worldwide eye epidemic—macular ...

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ABC Online

Bio-factories: A new treatment for macular degeneration
ABC Online
The Florey Medal is one of Australia's leading prizes for medical research. This year, the Medal has been awarded to Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy, the Founding Director of the Department of Molecular Ophthalmology at the Lions Eye Institute at the ...


Letter: Edward Bozzi: Another internship program has been remarkable success
The Providence Journal
In their Dec. 11 Commentary piece (“R.I. intern program a success”), Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, and Charles Kelley, executive director of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority ...


Newly designed method based on deep learning can detect macular fluid
Healio
An automated method based on deep learning to identify and quantify intraretinal cystoid fluid and subretinal fluid is an accurate digital analysis tool. Researchers developed a validated artificial intelligence method using deep learning to fully ...


UMass Lowell

Eying Eggs Could Help Vision
UMass Lowell
“Nutrition is one way to prevent or delay the onset of macular degeneration. In our study, we found that people who consumed 12 eggs per week had a significant improvement in glare recovery, which means that they could more quickly recover sight after ...


Drug to treat retinal diseases with drops instead of injections
Science Daily
A new compound, developed by the biotechnology company Sylentis, is able to penetrate the retina to treat age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simply with the administration of ophthalmic drops. The drug SYL136001v10, presented by ...


ABC Online

Florey Medal winner sets sights on macular degeneration after curing blindness in dogs
ABC Online
A Perth medical researcher has won the prestigious Florey Medal for her pioneering work with dogs to help tackle macular degeneration — a leading cause of blindness. Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy has developed a gene therapy for age-related wet macular ...

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WNYT

Study: Lower risk of macular degeneration for baby boomers
WNYT
Today's Baby Boomers are less likely to develop macular degeneration than their parents and grandparents. That's according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Advertisement – Content Continues Below. Researchers looked at nearly ...


Regeneron's sBLA for Eylea Accepted by FDA, Action Date Set ...
Nasdaq
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. REGN announced that the FDA has accepted for review the company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for the label expansion of Eylea Injection. The company is seeking approval a for a 12-week dosing ...

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India West

Researchers Identify Enzyme That Triggers Eye Inflammation, Leading to Macular Degeneration
India West
NEW YORK — Indian American researchers at the University of Virginia have identified an enzyme that serves as a critical trigger for the damaging inflammation that ultimately leads to macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the ...


MedicalResearch.com (blog)

Deep Learning System Can Screen For Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration
MedicalResearch.com (blog)
Response: Currently, annual screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a universally accepted practice and recommended by American Diabetes Association and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) to prevent vision loss. However, implementation ...

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Doc: Do bloodwork numbers reflect minor cold?
The Detroit News
Dear J.W.: Macular pucker, also called epiretinal membrane, is essentially a scar over the macula, the very center of the retina, where our vision is sharpest. It is not related to macular degeneration, and it probably had nothing to do with the ...
Dr. Roach: Do bloodwork numbers reflect minor cold or something ...LubbockOnline.com

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market 2022: Analysis By Product Types & Applications; Industry Top ...
MilTech
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market report gives the overall market review to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Industry. The Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) advertise report investigations yearly estimations and conjectures for ...

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WWL

New drug showing promise for patients with eye disease
WWL
The diagnosis: wet macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans older than 50. There's a genetic link and obesity that could lead to the disease, and smoking especially increases your risk. Cells underneath ...


Medgadget (blog)

Juvenile Macular Degeneration Market by Major Solid Segments, Comprehensive Analysis, Success Milestones ...
Medgadget (blog)
The Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~7.2 % during the forecast period 2017-2023. Macular degeneration is a group of eye diseases commonly found among children and adults. There are various types of macular ...


Allure Magazine

The Products Five Dermatologists Use on Their Eyes
Allure Magazine
... that can make lashes fall out.” Ocusoft Retaine MGD eye drops: “These really help with eye dryness. If I'm going on camera, I also like prescription drops called Alphagan to get the red out. This is what doctors call an off-label use, though ...


The Advocate

Artist embraces minimalism, ingenuity in tiny home project stationed at Xavier -- for now
The Advocate
The condition, called macular degeneration, caused her to lose the ability to see details. This did not discourage her. “My art does not come from my sight. My art comes from my vision,” Moody said. With the help of a few assistants to make certain ...


Pharmaceutical Processing

A Drug To Treat Retinal Diseases With Drops Instead Of Injections
Pharmaceutical Processing
A new compound, developed by the biotechnology company Sylentis, is able to penetrate the retina to treat age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simply with the administration of ophthalmic drops. The drug SYL136001v10, presented by ...

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Starts at 60

Do vitamin supplements prevent macular degeneration?
Starts at 60
The reason researchers thought about testing dietary supplements for eye disease relates to how the eyes convert light into sight. Light gets absorbed into pigments in the retina at the back of the eye. This process produces byproducts called free ...


St George News

Seeing diabetes: How regular eye exams can help with early ...
St George News
Image of an eye, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Chombosan, iStock / Getty Images, St. George News. FEATURE — It has often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul but they can also be a window into a person's overall ...

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What about Resources?

Dr. Pautler's Blog
American Academy of Ophthalmology
MedlinePlus
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)
WebMD
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