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


CBS News

Experimental drug offers hope to seniors with vision-robbing ...
CBS News
The experimental drug for age-related macular degeneration aims to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina.
Experimental Drug Able To Slow Macular Degeneration For Seniors With Genetic FlawCalifornia Healthline
Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniorsReading Eagle

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Dietary and lifestyle recommendations for patients at risk of macular ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of severe visual impairment in older populations and is characterized by progressive destruction of ...

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The Japan Times

New therapy shows promise in slowing progression of macular degeneration
The Japan Times
WASHINGTON – An experimental treatment may significantly slow the progression of the blindness-causing disorder macular degeneration, in what would mark the first therapy of its kind, research showed Wednesday. There are currently no available ...

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Local healthcare professionals give their best advice for optical disease prevention
Southeast Missourian
"The main things we screen for that people don't know they have is the need for glasses, but you can also catch diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration early before a patient may be aware that they have those things," says ...


Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Tech: New radiation treatment for eye disease advances
Arizona Daily Star
In a minimally invasive procedure that could be performed on an outpatient basis, the applicator is inserted through a small incision in the eyelid and worked around to the back of the eye, where it is rested outside the macula, an area in the center ...


Macular degeneration: Drusen as promising biomarkers for progression of the disease
Science Daily
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common disease of the centre of the retina, primarily affecting those aged over 50. The first signs of the disease are so-called drusen, which occur under the retina in the form of round, yellow deposits ...


Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affects More Than Just Your Vision
PR Newswire (press release)
CORONA, Calif., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The diagnosis of low vision due to age, such as macular degeneration, often comes with more consequences than just the inability to see. A new study by the National Eye Institute (NEI) reports that patients ...

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New Hope for Macular Degeneration Cure
DTN The Progressive Farmer (registration) (blog)
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss among seniors, gradually eroding crucial central vision. There are different forms but more than 5 million people worldwide, and a million in the U.S., have an advanced type ...

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Cincinnati.com

Select foods to discourage macular degeneration
Cincinnati.com
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in folks over the age of 50 in the Western world, affecting about 25 to 30 million people. The number of older adults is increasing in the United States as baby boomers ...


Ithaca Journal

Macular degeneration poses vision risk to seniors
Ithaca Journal
Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision. Because it is most common among ...


Tempo

New Macular Degeneration therapy showing promise
Tempo
There are currently no available treatments to stymie macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older. More than five million patients globally are affected by a form of the condition known as geographic atrophy, which ...
An antibody provides new therapy for macular degenerationWest - Welfare Society Territory

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Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Other Retinal Diseases: World Drug Industry and Market 2016-2026
MarketWatch
Much opportunity remains in this growing AMD and Other Retinal Diseases market [https://www.visiongain.com/Report/1589/Macular-Degeneration-(AMD)-and-Other-Retinal-Diseases-World-Drug-Industry-and-Market-2016-2026 ] . See how to exploit the ...

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Revolutionary Eye Drops to Treat Macular Degeneration
Anti Aging News
Scientists have developed eye drops that could spell the end of painful injections directly into the eye to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). University of Birmingham scientists have created a new type of eye drop that has the potential to ...


Medical Xpress

Drusen as promising biomarkers for progression of macular degeneration
Medical Xpress
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common disease of the centre of the retina, primarily affecting those aged over 50. The first signs of the disease are so-called drusen, which occur under the retina in the form of round, yellow deposits ...

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KLAS-TV

Doctor's study says Vegas company makes supplement that fights Macular Degeneration
KLAS-TV
LAS VEGAS - The older people get, the harder it is to maintain sharp vision. Millions of Americans already suffer from symptoms of Macular Degeneration, a disease that results in total blindness for many people. However, a neutraceutical product made ...


FierceBiotech

Novartis' longer-acting AMD drug matches archrival Eylea in phase 3 trials
FierceBiotech
Novartis has been losing ground in the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) market, but a pair of positive phase 3 trials for new drug brolucizumab (aka RTH258) suggests a comeback could be on the cards. AMD affects up to 25 million people worldwide ...
Novartis takes on Regeneron with AMD drug that needs fewer doses than EyleaFiercePharma
Novartis Eye Drug Works With Fewer Injections Than RivalNew York Times
Novartis' RTH258 for wet AMD meets endpoints in phase 3 trialsHealio
Bloomberg -Investor's Business Daily -Novartis
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LincolnshireLive

Hallelujah! Minister's sight saved after chance visit to optician
LincolnshireLive
Diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration – the most common type of macular degeneration - he was under hospital care for the next five years, having annual check-ups until the consultant was satisfied that his condition had stabilised and ...


SupportSight Seminar on Age-Related Macular Degeneration is offered
Burlington County Times
The Macula Vision Research Foundation will present a free seminar on age-related macular degeneration on June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Delran. Learn about the latest research, prevention, treatments and low vision strategies. Check-in is at 5:15 p.m. at ...


In-depth Analysis of Global Age-related Macular Degeneration Market to grow at a CAGR of 7.37% during the period ...
Medgadget (blog)
While some treatments are available for wet AMD; there is no treatment available at the moment for dry AMD. Technavios analysts forecast the global age-related macular degeneration (AMD) market to grow at a CAGR of 7.37% during the period 2016-2020.


WebWire (press release)

Nutrition Researcher Releases Health Guide about how to beat Macular Degeneration
WebWire (press release)
Paralegal and management systems analyst Alan N. McClain devoted years of research and study to his ground-breaking book How I Beat Macular Degeneration in the Early Stages and How You Can, Too! (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ...


Genetic Literacy Project

Age-related macular degeneration may be treatable using viral injection gene therapy
Genetic Literacy Project
[R]esearchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine were looking for ways to treat a particular type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) known as a wet AMD. It's a rare and more severe form of the disease [that] causes new blood vessels to grow under the ...


Phys.Org

Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision
Phys.Org
Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye.

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Quinn on Nutrition: What about Watermelon?
Circleville Herald
This substance has been found to be a potent antioxidant that may play a role in lessening our risk for cancer, heart disease and an eye disease called macular degeneration. Watermelon has a small dose of potassium. So people who must avoid excessive ...


Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Tortured by Tiny Type? Try a Smarter Magnifier
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Q: I am afflicted with Age-Related Macular Degeneration, which impairs my ability to read. After my son observed me struggling to peruse a newspaper using a conventional, hand-held magnifying glass, he gave me a domed, crystal magnifier. It has made ...


2 Minute Medicine

The AREDS1: Zinc and antioxidant supplementation reduce progression of AMD in high-risk patients [The Classics ...
2 Minute Medicine
1. In patients with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in one eye only or intermediate AMD in either eye, zinc and antioxidant supplementation reduced the risk of progression to advanced AMD and reduced the risk of moderate vision loss. 2.


Daily Mail

Tiny telescope inserted into your eye that 10 TIMES stronger than glasses: Implant for poor vision helps treat age ...
Daily Mail
Print in newspapers and books became blurred and after a few months of this, I went to my optician who said I was very likely to be suffering from the early stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Both my eyes were affected, though my right ...


Technology Networks

Reproducing a Retinal Disease on a Chip
Technology Networks
Approximately 80% of all sensory input is received via the eyes, so suffering from chronic retinal diseases that lead to blindness causes a significant decrease in the quality of life (QOL). And because retinal diseases are most common among the ...


Care2.com

10 Unusual, Local Fruits and Veggies to Cook Up This Summer
Care2.com
Most people stick to a comfortable routine when it comes to grocery shopping and cooking for their family. Branching out and trying new foods can seem like an unnecessary hassle for some, but the benefits often far outweigh the costs. The next time you ...


Daily Astorian

Saving eyesight and sparing travel Latest eye care treatments come to the coast
Daily Astorian
“Previously there had been a large void in the treatment of wet, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. I believe the future of eye care, as well as the future of health care in general, is integrated care. I have ...


5-year CATT analysis finds anti-VEGF drugs a long-term AMD therapy
ModernMedicine
After 5 years of follow-up in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT), the visual acuity gains achieved during the first 2 years of anti-VEGF treatment were not maintained, the choroidal neovascular lesions continued ...

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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