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

Nitrates from vegetables may lower age-related macular degeneration risk  Harvard Health

Eating vegetable nitrates found in green leafy vegetables and beets may a lower risk of developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), ...

Macular Degeneration Patient Visual Hallucinations Associated with Retina  MD Magazine

The effects of Charles Bonnet Syndrome have been fairly documented, yet its pathology has been minimally assessed.

U.S. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: 2018 Market and Competitive Landscape - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "U.S. Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market and Competitive Landscape - 2018" report has been added to ...

Today's Tip: Macular Degeneration  WPVI-TV

As we age, our risk for macular degeneration goes up. It's an eye condition that can rob you of your vision.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Drug Combo Scrapped Despite Safe Profile  Specialty Pharmacy Times

Ophthotech Corp. said it won't move forward with further clinical trials of its complement factor C5 inhibitor for the treatment of wet age-related macular ...

Losick lands grant to study macular degeneration  Mount Desert Islander

BAR HARBOR — MDI Biological Laboratory researcher Vicki Losick has been named the inaugural recipient of an award from the William Procter Scientific.

Unafraid to Ask More: Macular Degeneration  University of Virginia

A team of UVA researchers set out to cure macular degeneration. What they discovered may protect people from this disease – as well as many other ...

MDI researcher will use fruit flies to study macular degeneration  Bangor Daily News

An MDI Biological Laboratory researcher has won a grant of up to $50000 to use fruit flies to help study leading causes of blindness.. Maine news, sports, politics ...

The burden of neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a patient' | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

The burden of neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a patient's perspective Kimberly L Spooner,1,2 Cleopatra T Mhlanga,1 Thomas H Hong,1 ...

Age Related Macular Degeneration Market 2018 – It is predicted to reach US$ 2200 Million to Unlock Growth Opportunities by 2023 |  Medgadget

Market Research Future (MRFR) in its recently published study report asserts that the already booming market of Age Related Macular Degeneration is.

Calcifications tied to age-related macular degeneration  McKnight's Senior Living

Calcified nodules in the retina increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, according to researchers at the University of Alabama.

New blood test offers hope to macular degeneration sufferers  TVNZ

The Australian research is also testing for new drugs to slow down the condition.

Biodegradable Microneedles Painlessly Deliver Drugs To The Eye  Asian Scientist Magazine

Scientists in Singapore have developed a microneedle patch that could be used to treat eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Outer Retinal Tubulation and Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Review of the Pathogenesis and Clinical Implications  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | Outer retinal tubulation (ORT) is a retinal finding that can mimic intraretinal fluid and has been identified with ...

Breakthrough technology offers new hope to people with glaucoma, retinitis and macular degeneration  News-Medical.net

In January 2009, the life of engineer Michel Meunier, a professor at Polytechnique Montréal, changed dramatically. Like others, he had observed that the ...

EyeMax Mono IOL shows promise in patients with macular disease  Healio

Visual acuity improved in patients with geographic atrophy who underwent cataract surgery and implantation of a novel monofocal IOL in the capsular bag, ...

Link discovered between eye calcifications and risk of age-related macular degeneration  Newswise

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Calcified nodules in the retina are associated with progression to late stages of age-related macular degeneration.

Stealth BioTherapeutics Granted Fast Track Designation for Elamipretide for the Treatment of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Geographic Atrophy  PRNewswire

BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Stealth BioTherapeutics (Stealth), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to treat ...

Loma Linda Patient First in California to Receive a Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration after Having Cataract Surgery  Associated Press

LOMA LINDA, Calif., Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A patient at Loma Linda University Eye Institute became the first in California to receive the Miniature ...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The European Market and Competitive Landscape, 2018 - ResearchAndMarkets.com  The Courier-Express

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 23, 2018--The "Europe Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market and Competitive Landscape - 2018" report has been ...

Read the bottom line: Eye doctors, Independent Health clash over drug costs  Buffalo News

Retina specialists are seeing red after a major health insurer told them they could be penalized next year if they too often use $2000-a-dose brand name drugs ...

The blood test that could save sight  Medical Xpress

A new blood test is being developed at The Australian National University (ANU) that can detect patients at risk of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) ...

BLOG: What's ahead in 2019  Healio

Ophthalmology Blogs | Hovanesian | If you want to know the future, look no further than the FDA's coming Prescription Drug User Fee Act announcements ...

Increase in choroidal thickness seen after CPAP therapy  Healio

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome who underwent continuous positive airway pressure therapy experienced an increase in choroidal thickness ...

Global Age Related Macular Degeneration Market Based on Various Factors- Price Analysis, Supply Chain Analysis, Porters Five Force Analysis Till 2023 - Press Release  Digital Journal

Market Research Future adds the “Age Related Macular Degeneration Market Research Report – Forecast to 2023” report to their unique collection. This press ...

Visual outcome predictors of anti-VEGF therapy in neovascular AMD | Acta Ophthalmologica  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Predictors of visual outcomes in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration treated with anti-vascular endothelial ...

An orange a day keeps macular degeneration at bay  The Australian

Share this article. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print. ○ Men, ease back on the vigorous workouts. With many eye diseases linked to health problems, including ...

Eye injections are 'magic bullets' for retinal disease  Florida Today

Without these injections, many of these patients would be going blind.

Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) - Pipeline Insight, 2018 - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Associated Press

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 30, 2018--The “Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) - Pipeline Insight, 2018” drug pipelines has been added ...

VIDEO: Notal Vision pursues home-based OCT for wet AMD monitoring  Healio

CHICAGO — At the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit at AAO, Quinton Oswald, CEO of Notal Vision, discusses the company's pursuit of an OCT home ...

Would you shop blind (for a cause)?  Mother Nature Network

Blind brothers ask you to take a leap of faith to help find a cure for blindness.

The Eye Care Institute Installs Clearwave Kiosks for Patient Registration and Insurance Eligibility  GlobeNewswire

LOUISVILLE, KY, Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Eye Care Institute, located at 1536 Story Avenue in Louisville, KY went live on Clearwave ...

Juvenile Macular Degeneration (STARGARDT DISEASE) Market Technology Innovation and Demand 2019-2026  The Industry Chronicle

The qualitative research study conducted by Worldwide Market Reports Topic "Juvenile Macular Degeneration (STARGARDT DISEASE) Market" provides ...

Adverum Announces First Patient Dosed in OPTIC Phase 1 Trial of ADVM-022 Gene Therapy in Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration  GlobeNewswire

ADVM-022 is the first intravitreally delivered gene therapy utilizing directed evolution AAV.7m8 vector for wet AMD; OPTIC trial to evaluate single administration ...

View of the retina in unprecedented detail: Technique enables direct imaging of neural tissue; could lead to earlier detection of diseases affecting eye tissue  Science Daily

By combining two imaging modalities -- adaptive optics and angiography -- investigators can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the ...

Age-related Macular Degeneration Sales Market 2018 Trends, Applications, Types and Future Outlook Report 2025  Blue Bird Magazine

The newly made known Age-related Macular Degeneration Sales Market report provides production process is analysed with respect to various aspects like, ...

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market 2017-2026 | Growing Demand and Upcoming Trends In the Industry  Coherent Chronicle

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market report covers detailed competitive outlook including the market share and company profiles of the key participants ...

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market Growth and Price with Future projections till 2026  Coherent News

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market is expected to have a highly positive outlook for the next five years 2018–2026 according to a recently released ...

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market Clinical Analysis Along With Research Reports 2027  Touchstone

“Global Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Market Research Report 2016-2027”; The Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) market report presents ...

Computers Found to Equal Humans in Diagnosing Age-Related Macular Degeneration  MD Magazine

Computers can do as well as clinicians in diagnosing age-related macular degeneration, say investigators who have developed tools based on artificial ...

Adverum Biotechnologies Announces Publication of Preclinical Long-Term Expression and Efficacy Data in Molecular Therapy  Associated Press

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADVM), a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting ...

Global Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Market 2018 Outline | New Developments with Operational Updates in Industry Forecast 2025  Techno Biz News

Global Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Market, with respect to the regional spectrum, has been split into United States, Europe, China, ...

Regenerative Medicine Foundation Announces 2019 "Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Action Award" Honorees  GlobeNewswire

Awards to be presented at Gala Dinner at the 14th World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, January 23, 2019#WSCS2019.

Hope for new treatments buoys macular degeneration patients  The Boston Globe

Scientists are experimenting with dozens of new treatments, including about 20 in clinical trials, to combat an eye disease that afflicts more than 9 million ...

5 Dangers of Blue Light from Digital Devices You Didn’t Know About  Care2.com

Too much exposure to blue light may have negative health effects. These are some the lesser-known dangers of blue light from digital devices.

Light scalpel: A major step toward non-viral ocular gene therapy using laser and nanotechnology: Hope for people with glaucoma, retinitis and macular degeneration  Science Daily

Gold nanoparticles, which act like 'nanolenses,' concentrate the energy produced by the extremely short pulse of a femtosecond laser to create a nanoscale ...

How are Carotenoids Related to Good Vision?  News-Medical.net

Carotenoids are natural pigments commonly produced by many plants that promote good eye health. They cannot be made by the body so must be obtained ...

Change Within Eye A Hint of Macular Degeneration?  WebMD

The investigators discovered that calcifications in the retina -- the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye -- raise the risk of advanced age-related ...

Biogen bails on AGTC after ocular gene therapy flunks trial  FierceBiotech

Applied Genetic Technologies' $1 billion-plus gene therapy pact with Biogen has been torn up after their lead candidate failed a phase 1/2 trial.

From the Inside! With Precision Vision See Your Mysian  Snowshoe Magazine

Poor vision dominates history as does romance, love, and of course, the sad uncle known as tragedy. Good vision aids in hitting that next step without going over ...

Eating leafy greens could help prevent macular degeneration  Science Daily

A new study has shown that eating vegetable nitrates, found mainly in green leafy vegetables and beetroot, could help reduce your risk of developing ...

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market 2018 Global Industry Growth, Outlook, Analysis and Forecasts to 2026  Coherent News

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market report is a research database spread across various pages with multiple tables and figures in it. The research ...

Drug Pipeline for Macular Degeneration in Focus at AAO  Medscape

CHICAGO — New treatments for neovascular age-related macular degeneration and innovations in refractive surgery techniques will figure prominently at the ...

Fewer Injections With New Wet Macular Degeneration Therapies  Medscape

New treatments in development — including gene therapy — will likely mean fewer injections for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, ...

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Growth and Price with Future projections till 2026  Coherent News

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market report to show positive growth owing to rising demand from various sectors. Research Expert in Age–Related ...

Revolutionary eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration  Drug Target Review

Revolutionary eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration - developing an eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for AMD.

How to spot age-related macular degeneration  The Guardian

Every day in the UK, nearly 200 people develop a condition that can lead to visual impairment or even blindness. How do you identify the symptoms and what's ...

Researchers are one step closer to developing eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration  Medical Xpress

Scientists at the University of Birmingham are one step closer to developing an eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for age-related macular degeneration ...

An orange a day keeps macular degeneration away: 15-year study  Medical Xpress

A new study has shown that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who do not eat oranges.

Dietary Supplements Don't Prevent Chronic Disease  Medscape

As the US nutritional and dietary supplements market remains robust — an estimated $41.1 billion in sales in 2016 — the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is ...

Macular Atrophy Occurs Late in AMD Progression, Study Suggests  MD Magazine

The findings lend to investigators believe that earlier endpoints for AMD diagnosis are needed.

Blindness: Macular Degeneration Implant Treatment  Healthline

Researchers say the implant process could eventually be a treatment for the loss of eyesight experienced by millions as they grow older.

Better assessments for early age-related macular degeneration  Medical Xpress

The European MACUSTAR consortium is conducting a multi-country clinical study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) coordinated by the University of ...

Early Promise for Eye Implant to Fight Macular Degeneration  HealthDay

A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore vision being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, a new pilot clinical trial has ...

Mediterranean Diet and Macular Degeneration  Healthline

A recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology found that following a Mediterranean diet might help reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.

Don't let macular degeneration get in the way of your life  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

It's a dewy morning in the forest as you and your partner make your way through the weekend hike. You're enjoying the sounds of nature but having trouble ...

Alone during the holidays  Cape Cod Times

The songs of the season sound a joyful but melancholy note with Albert Boland, of Hyannis.The amateur singer and 85-year-old retiree grew up in Dublin, in a ...

Ask the Expert: Macular degeneration can lead to difficulty reading, recognizing faces and performing other fine tasks  Baltimore Sun

Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye that doesn't lead to total blindness, but in its advanced stages can cause blind areas. This can make it hard for ...

Bionic eye that links up to your glasses to cure blindness could be implanted in humans next year  Daily Mail

The Phoenix99 bionic vision system, which uses a chip and camera, was designed by scientists at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. It is hoped ...

Metformin for Macular Degeneration  Healthline

The popular diabetes medication, metformin, may soon be used not just to regulate blood sugar but to protect against a common form of blindness, called ...

East Midlands optometrists invited to contribute to study  AOP

Optometrists in the East Midlands are invited to contribute to research that aims to develop an objective measure of contrast sensitivity and visual acuity using ...

Bionic eye ‘will allow blind people to see using an implanted microchip linked to glasses with cameras’  The Sun

SCIENTISTS are one step closer to developing a bionic eye that will allow blind people to see using a microchip linked to glasses with cameras. University of ...

Potential New Drug Target for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Identified  MD Magazine

Those with the AMD showed greater expression of miRNA-150 than those without, offering evidence that miRNA-150 could be used as a potential ...

Macular Degeneration: Stem Cells Restore Sight in Small Study  Medscape

Doctors in the UK say they have taken an important step towards treating a common form of blindness – wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Opthea Confirms Final Patient Enrolment in Phase 2b Wet AMD Clinical Trial  GlobeNewswire

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opthea Limited (ASX:OPT), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel ...

Has UVa Found a Cure for Macular Degeneration?  WMRA Public Radio

Macular degeneration may not get as much attention as Alzheimer's disease or breast cancer, but nearly one-third of people over 80 are affected by it. One.

Roche's Faricimab Shows Long-Term Durability in Macular Degeneration  BioSpace

Roche announced positive data from its Phase II STAIRWAY clinical trial. The trial evaluated the extended durability of faricimab (RG7716) in the treatment of ...

Link found between blue light and age-related macular degeneration  Electronics Weekly

"We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and it's no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye's retina," said University of Tol.

Looking to help out? Braille Institute among valley groups seeking volunteers.  The Desert Sun

Ellen Jones puts out the call for her Rancho Mirage organization and other Coachella Valley charities seeking volunteers.

Easier treatment for age-related macular degeneration shows promise in clinical study  News-Medical.net

A new study shows that an implantable delivery system for a widely used medication to treat a blinding eye disease has enabled some patients to go 15 months ...

Implant Poised to Transform Macular Degeneration Treatment  Medscape

A system that delivers ranibizumab without injections could be a turning point for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, results from the ...

FDA Approves Aflibercept sBLA for Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration  MD Magazine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application for an aflibercept (Eylea) injection in patients with wet ...

Hallucinations associated with brain hyperactivity in people with macular degeneration  Medical Xpress

New research from the University of Queensland has shown for the first time that visual hallucinations in people with macular degeneration are associated with ...

Change Within the Eye May Be Early Warning for Macular Degeneration  HealthDay

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related eye disease is a worldwide problem that costs people not only their vision, but also hundreds of billions ...

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Patient Voices: Macular Degeneration  New York Times

Five men and women speak about their lives with progressive vision loss.

Periodontal disease: Examining a potential link to age-related macular degeneration  RDH

Some very recent research studies have investigated the link between periodontal pathogens and the eyesight disorder of age-related macular degeneration ...

Stem cells treat macular degeneration  Medical Xpress

In July 2015, 86-year-old Douglas Waters developed severe age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He struggled to see things clearly, even when up close.

Neovascular age-related macular degeneration: intraocular inflammatory | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Neovascular age-related macular degeneration: intraocular inflammatory cytokines in the poor responder to ranibizumab treatment Pear Pongsachareonnont,1 ...

Are you at risk for macular degeneration?  Medical Xpress

Many people accept deteriorating eyesight as an inevitable part of getting older, but blurry or distorted vision – such as when straight lines appear wavy – could ...

4 ways to prevent vision loss  Considerable

It's normal to need reading glasses after age 40, but these three tips can help you keep your eyes in top shape and prevent further damage.

Machine Learning Tool IDs Macular Degeneration as Well as Humans  Health IT Analytics

Researchers at Johns Hopkins developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify macular degeneration as accurately as human clinicians.

Bionic Eye: Phoenix 99 ready for human trial in world first | Daily Star  Daily Star

A BIONIC eye is set to be implanted into humans for the first time as it nears release.

OCT Angiography Predicts Exudation in Macular Degeneration  Medscape

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography can predict progression of age-related macular degeneration and identify which patients might benefit from ...

Calcifications in the eye increase risk for progression to advanced AMD by more than six times  Medical Xpress

Calcified nodules in the retina are associated with progression to late stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Experts from Queen's University ...

15-year study backs higher flavonoid intake for macular degeneration  NutraIngredients.com

People who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who do not eat oranges, according to a 15-year follow up study ...

People Who Eat This Fruit Are Up to 60% Less Likely to Lose Their Sight to Macular Degeneration  ScienceAlert

Include oranges as a regular part of your diet, and your chances of developing macular degeneration – a particularly nasty form of sight loss – could be reduced ...

The Blue Light Emitted From Electronics Can Cause Accelerated Blindness, Study Finds  Fortune

The blue light emitted from our everyday electronics can accelerate blindness, a study from the University of Toledo found. According to the research conducted ...

Macular degeneration tied to aging immune cells  Futurity: Research News

"...if we could make these older cells more like the younger ones, we might be able to prevent a great deal of vision loss."

Diabetes medication may protect against a common cause of blindness: Metformin may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration  Science Daily

Researchers have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who took a common diabetes medication, metformin, had a significantly lower rate of age-related ...

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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