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

  1. LumiThera LT-300 Device For Treating Dry Advanced Macular Degeneration Granted CE Mark  PR Newswire (press release)
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  1. Artists Who Lose Their Vision, Then See Clearly  New York Times
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  1. Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Pipeline Analysis Report 2018 Featuring RetroSense ...  PR Newswire (press release)
  2. Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Market - A Pipeline Analysis Report 2018  GlobeNewswire (press release)
  3. Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) Market Report: Latest news related to Pipeline Therapeutics  The Newsman
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  1. AREDS supplements are used to treat macular degeneration  STLtoday.com
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  1. Your Good Health: AREDS2's value for macular degeneration patients debatable  Times Colonist
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  1. Doheny and UCLA Stein Eye Institutes Welcome Steven Barnes, PhD, to the Vision Science Faculty  Idaho State Journal
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  1. Doc: AREDS supplements used for macular degeneration  The Detroit News
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  1. Global Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Other Retinal Diseases Drugs Industry and Market 2018-2028 - Visiongain ...  PR Newswire (press release)
  2. BRIEF—Lucentis usability data support approval in ophthalmology  The Pharma Letter
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  1. Global Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market 2018-2026: Focus on Epidemiology, Patient Flow, Prevalence and ...  Business Wire (press release)
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  1. Woman says experimental stem cell procedure for eye disease was "too good to be true"  CBS News
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  1. 'It's awful not having your sight... you never really get used to it'  Blackpool Gazette
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  1. Stealth Raises $100M to Advance Elamipretide as Treatment for Mitochondrial Diseases  Mitochondrial Disease News
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  1. Study Group Suggests Delaying Cataract Surgery During AMD Treatment  MD Magazine
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  1. Can stem cells help treat age-related macular degeneration?  Medical News Bulletin
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  1. Global Macular Edema and Macular Degeneration Market Size, Strategies, Analysis, Industry Share and Forecast with ...  Digital Journal
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  1. The Sound of Science - "The Science of Hearing Loss"  WNIJ and WNIU
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  1. Pharmac funds second-line treatment for macular degeneration  New Zealand Doctor Online
  2. Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market: Business Overview, Challenges, Opportunities, Trends and Market ...  Herald Analyst
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  1. These Orlando-area parks offer sunscreen for protection  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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  1. Bio Roundup: Duchenne Data, Roche Buys Foundation, IPO Wave & More  Xconomy
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  1. Alyce Ann Kolisch, 85  Del Norte Prospector
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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