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


Age-Related Macular Degeneration—Determining Appropriate Use of Treatments: A Stakeholder Summit
AJMC.com Managed Markets Network
In April 2017, in Washington, DC, AJMC® Peer Exchange® hosted a panel of ophthalmology and managed care decision makers and providers to define age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to provide insight regarding its impact on patients and ...


WTAJ

Drug may prevent macular degeneration
WTAJ
More than 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from age-related macular degeneration or AMD, according to the Brightfocus Foundation. Now, a team of researchers believes Levodopa can delay onset of the disease, or even prevent it from happening at all.


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Optometrist warns of dangers associated with viewing solar eclipse
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — Optometrists warn anyone who already has cataracts, corneal disease or macular degeneration to avoid watching the solar eclipse today. Optometrist Dr. Zane Lawhorn said viewing an eclipse with these medical conditions could make the ...

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The Atlantic

The President Who Looked at the Sun
The Atlantic
Most sun-related visual injury is gradual and cumulative over the course of years, leading to cataracts and macular degeneration. But acute overdoses can cause a different sort of irreversible damage to the retina, the dense focus of nerves at the back ...

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Healthy Living: Macular Degeneration
9&10 News
More than 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, according to the Bright-Focus Foundation. Now, a team of researchers believes levodopa can delay onset of both "dry" and "wet" forms of the disease, or even ...


WFMZ Allentown

Health Beat: Preventing age-related macular degeneration
WFMZ Allentown
PHOENIX - Howard Morrow enjoys days with his wife, Joyce, and dog, Oliver, but his age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, has progressed to the more serious "wet" form. Now, he gets injections to slow the disease. "It's a big pain once a month to ...


Antioxidants No Help for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
MedPage Today
Neither vitamin E nor beta-carotene supplements prevented or delayed the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and the same is probably true for both vitamin C and the widely used multivitamin Centrum Sliver, authors of two systematic ...
Age-related macular degeneration exhibits emerging pipeline with 55 drug candidatesWhaTech

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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Wet age-related macular degeneration: case study
The Pharmaceutical Journal
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged over 65 years in the developed world. It is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the macula, the region of the retina of highest visual acuity. AMD has ...
Novel pan-VEGF inhibitor shows promise for treating AMDHealio
Opthea Presents Additional Positive Data from OPT-302 Phase 1/2a Wet AMD Trial at ASRS MeetingBenzinga

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Researchers Identify Key Compounds to Resolve Abnormal Vascular Growth in Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — A compound of specific bioactive products from a major family of enzymes reduced the severity of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a preclinical model, according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers.


Business Insider

If your eyes hurt after watching the solar eclipse, here's what you need to know
Business Insider
She added that "the concerns about vision following the eclipse may uncover unrelated eye problems that people may not have addressed otherwise," including changes in vision related to diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma ...
These eclipse tips could save your eyesMassillon Independent
Total solar eclipse stops Americans, tourists in their tracksNew Zealand Herald
Surya Grahan 2017 : safety precautions , time and date in India during Solar eclipseNewsfolo
Solar Eclipse Across America - American Astronomical Society -NASA/JPL Edu News
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis, 2017 - Clinical Trials & Results, Patent ...
Business Wire (press release)
The global age-related macular degeneration market accounted for revenue of $5,335.7 million in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% during 2016 - 2022. Among the various types, the wet AMD segment is expected to witness the faster growth ...

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St. Louis American

Safe sky-gazing during solar eclipse
St. Louis American
This includes cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, dry eye and age-related macular degeneration. Eclipse glasses are cheap – a couple of dollars in some stores, free with the purchase of pizza with one chain, and free at area Schnucks locations.
Here's how to safely watch a solar eclipseGeo News, Pakistan
Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers | Solar Eclipse Across America - August 21, 2017Solar Eclipse Across America - American Astronomical Society
How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse SafelyNASA/JPL Edu News

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Newsday

Eclipse watching: How to safely see it, according to ophthalmologists
Newsday
"But even everyday exposure to the sun can result in increased in instances of cataracts or macular degeneration." When you stare directly at the sun for even a few seconds, it is enough to cause permanent damage, like a condition called solar retinopathy.


Age-Related Macular Degeneration Therapeutic Pipeline Projects Vast Growth Ahead: P&S Market Research
GlobeNewswire (press release)
NEW YORK, July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a new research report “Age-related macular degeneration Therapeutic Pipeline Analysis, 2017 - Clinical Trials & Results, Patent, Designation, Collaboration, and Other Developments” ...

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No difference found in stroke type with or without anti-VEGFs
Healio
A total of 690 patients in the study group were identified as having received one or more intravitreal anti-VEGF injections for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, proliferative diabetic retinopathy or retinal vein occlusion, and ...


WRGT TV Fox 45

Did you take a peek at the solar eclipse?
WRGT TV Fox 45
Harmful UV rays from the sun can quickly damage the retina, and even short bursts of exposure can have long term effects including cataracts and macular degeneration. Even at the peak of the eclipse in Miami Valley, it was still too bright to look at ...

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6abc.com

What if you stared at the solar eclipse too long without glasses?
6abc.com
"I just sort of went outside, put my sunglasses on and luckily, there was cloud coverage so I could actually see it for a couple of seconds," Nick Steinman of Center City said. Doctors say people who suffer from macular degeneration, seniors, and those ...


Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Market Forecast 2017-2027
PR Newswire (press release)
Where is the Retinal disease therapeutic market heading? If you are involved in this sector you must read this newly updated report. Visiongain's report shows you the potential revenues streams to 2027, assessing data, trends, opportunities and ...

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KRGV

Expert Explains Retina Damage Warning Signs after Solar Eclipse
KRGV
She and her husband are weekly patients of Dr. George. They said both have issues with their retina. "You just can't see, you're eyes get cloudy and we've had cataracts removed and that's when we found out we had macular degeneration,” said Whichmann.

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Man blinded by eclipse 50 years ago has warning for Monday
WTHR
WORLAND, Wyo. (KULR) - Monday's total solar eclipse can be dangerous to look at if you don't have the right protection. Just ask one Wyoming man who was blinded by an eclipse 50 years ago. Children may not have heard the warnings and adults may not ...

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SHOOT Online (press release)

Macular Society's "Have You Heard of Mac the Macula"
SHOOT Online (press release)
Aarman Animations produced this entertaining, informative look at macular degeneration, raising awareness of a disease that affects the sight of many, particularly elderly people. Bram Ttwheam of Aardman directed this piece for the U.K.'s Macular Society.


WholeFoods Magazine

Our Defense Against Blue Light
WholeFoods Magazine
Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are two very common eye conditions in older adults. Cataracts are the clouding of the eye lens. Over time, if not treated, it will become more and more difficult to see through that cloud. It causes ...


HealthWell Foundation Launches Fund to Provide Financial Assistance to People Living with Macular Degeneration
PR Newswire (press release)
GERMANTOWN, Md., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has launched a Macular Degeneration Fund to provide copayment and ...

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Investigation of associations of ARMS2, CD14, and TLR4 gene polymorphisms with wet age-related macular ...
Dove Medical Press
Background: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a multifactorial degenerative ocular disease that leads to loss of central vision. Functional gene polymorphisms have already been associated with the disease (for example, ARMS2 A69S, ...


Man Blinded By Eclipse In 1960s Issues Warning You Won't Want To Ignore
The Daily Caller
Dr. Carl Cottrell explained the eye loss is like macular degeneration, as a result of the powerful UV rays of the sun that burn the retina. “This little light spot there is actually permanent damage that will never come back,” Cottrell told WTHR adding ...

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Macular Degeneration Drug Market Dynamics from 2017 to 2022
Medgadget (blog)
Global Macular Degeneration Drug Market Report 2017 to 2022 provides a unique tool for evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, and supporting strategic and tactical decision-making. This report recognizes that in this rapidly-evolving and ...

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Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration Market Size, Share – Global Forecasts Report 2021
Medgadget (blog)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision that people need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a ...


Southgate News Herald

Monday is the big day: Are you ready for the solar eclipse?
Southgate News Herald
The condition is known as solar blindness or solar retinopathy, which is not total blindness but rather more like age-related macular degeneration, where you have trouble reading or recognizing faces, or lose all those abilities. Horn advises anyone ...

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The effect of vitreomacular adhesion in exudative age-related macular degeneration on the results of ranibizumab ...
Dove Medical Press
Purpose: To investigate whether vitreomacular adhesion (VMA) affects the outcome of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy for the treatment of exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in Japanese patients. Subjects and methods: ...


Wet Macular Degeneration Market Outlook Highlights Current Developments in Epidemiology and Estimates Market ...
Digital Journal
Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/16/2017 -- Wet Macular Degeneration is one of the most traumatic and damaging conditions that affects people. It is a disease, which has many risk factors. A new study, providing detailed market insights finds that the ...

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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