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Macular Degeneration

AMD is a condition in which the macula is damaged and central vision is lost. The macula is the special area of the retina used for detailed vision (central vision). When the macula is damaged reading and similar detailed vision activity is difficult. Because dark or empty spaces block our center of vision you may have difficulty driving, doing detailed work and reading fine print. Faces may appear blurred. Straight edges and lines may appear wavy. However, with the use of low vision aids, and rehabilitation, you can learn new ways to cook, read, write letters and live an active life.

You will never go completely blind from AMD.  AMD affects only the central vision. Around the macula is the retina responsible for side vision (peripheral vision). The side vision lets you know what is around you.  You will be able to walk around, dress yourself and do most daily tasks. Peripheral retinal is not affected by AMD and there is no loss of side vision.

If the disease progresses, you may be declared “legally blind”. Legally blind are terrifying words but they do not give an accurate picture of the situation. The situation is not nearly as bleak as those words imply.  You will be partially sighted rather than blink. Because you may not be able to do certain things, such as driving, laws have been passed to help with such handicaps. Legally blind is not the same as totally blind.

The cause of AMD is unknown. Smoking is the only proven risk factor. Excessive sun exposure high blood pressure and a diet low in certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants have been suspected. They have not been proven to predispose to AMD.

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the Federal government’s National Eye Institute, has found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by about 25 percent.

Patients with wet Macular Degeneration maintained on a stable proactive regimen of quarterly intravitreal injections with the vascular endothelia growth-factor (VEGF) inhibitor aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron) had more stable visual outcomes than patients treated on a reactive basis.

Patients diagnosed with AMD should have eye exam every 6 months, or immediately if vision change is noticed.

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Macular Degeneration

AMD is a condition in which the macula is damaged and central vision is lost. The macula is the special area of the retina used for detailed vision (central vision). When the macula is damaged reading and similar detailed vision activity is difficult. Because dark or empty spaces block our center of vision you may have difficulty driving, doing detailed work and reading fine print. Faces may appear blurred. Straight edges and lines may appear wavy. However, with the use of low vision aids, and rehabilitation, you can learn new ways to cook, read, write letters and live an active life.

You will never go completely blind from AMD.  AMD affects only the central vision. Around the macula is the retina responsible for side vision (peripheral vision). The side vision lets you know what is around you.  You will be able to walk around, dress yourself and do most daily tasks. Peripheral retinal is not affected by AMD and there is no loss of side vision.

If the disease progresses, you may be declared “legally blind”. Legally blind are terrifying words but they do not give an accurate picture of the situation. The situation is not nearly as bleak as those words imply.  You will be partially sighted rather than blink. Because you may not be able to do certain things, such as driving, laws have been passed to help with such handicaps. Legally blind is not the same as totally blind.

The cause of AMD is unknown. Smoking is the only proven risk factor. Excessive sun exposure high blood pressure and a diet low in certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants have been suspected. They have not been proven to predispose to AMD.

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the Federal government’s National Eye Institute, has found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by about 25 percent.

Patients with wet Macular Degeneration maintained on a stable proactive regimen of quarterly intravitreal injections with the vascular endothelia growth-factor (VEGF) inhibitor aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron) had more stable visual outcomes than patients treated on a reactive basis.

Patients diagnosed with AMD should have eye exam every 6 months, or immediately if vision change is noticed.

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