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

Protect Your Aging Eyes From Macular Degeneration  HealthDay

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that affects millions of older Americans, but there are a number of things you can do to ...

Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness  BBC News

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world.

Hepatitis B Virus Elevates Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration  MD Magazine

Those with hepatitis B virus have a significantly elevated risk for developing any type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new report.

What you need to know about wet macular degeneration  Medical Xpress

Millions of people deal with age-related macular degeneration as they get older, but many don't understand the difference between types of the condition or ...

Mayo Clinic minute: What you need to know about wet macular degeneration  Sioux City Journal

Millions of people deal with age-related macular degeneration as they get older, but many don't understand the difference between types of the condition or ...

Researchers discover new biomarker for age-related macular degeneration  UAB News

This finding was the first genotype-functional phenotype association found in AMD research. Layers of the retina are shown by optical coherence tomography, ...

Aged-related macular degeneration is incurable but preventable  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Aged-related macular degeneration is the top cause of blindness in people age 50 and older.

Tie2 activation promotes choriocapillary regeneration for alleviating neovascular age-related macular degeneration  Science Advances

Choriocapillary loss is a major cause of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NV-AMD). Although vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) blockade ...

Researchers identify new genes linked to age-related macular degeneration  PharmaTimes

Fight for Sight has announced a breakthrough in identifying new genes in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness. - News ...

Be aware of age-related macular degeneration  thebellvillestar.com

COLUMBUS — Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans age 50 and older. The eye disease causes damage to.

Evaluation of Abicipar Pegol (an Anti-VEGF DARPin Therapeutic) in Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Studies in Japan and the United States  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:To evaluate comparability of abicipar pegol (abicipar) effects in patients ...

Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration? | Health & Wellness  Cape May County Herald

If you're over 65 and of European descent, you could be at risk for macular degeneration, the leading cause of age-related vision loss.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Epidemiology Global Competitive Analysis and Forecasts 2019 to 2028  Nevada Green Times

Delve Insight's “Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – Epidemiology Forecast, 2028 report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Age-related Macular ...

Regimen for macular degeneration | Acta Ophthalmologica  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Long-term outcomes of switching to aflibercept for treatment-resistant neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

Gyroscope's gene therapy given to first dry AMD patient  PMLiVE

UK biotech Gyroscope Therapeutics could have a mass market product on its hands if its new gene therapy for one of the most common form of blindness proves ...

My Turn: 'Twilight Zone' of macular degeneration  Newsday

People have asked me to write a memoir about losing my eyesight. It is not a subject that I am enthralled to write about, but for those who may benefit from my ...

Defective molecular master switch could lead to age-related macular degeneration  News-Medical.net

A signaling pathway controlled by transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) could be involved in the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Researchers identify new genes linked with age-related macular degeneration  News-Medical.net

A new study, published in Clinical Epigenetics, identifies genes associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration that could represent new targets for future ...

Relationship between HBV and macular degeneration | Acta Ophthalmologica  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Association of chronic hepatitis B virus infection with age-related macular degeneration.

Regimen for age-related macular degeneration | JAMA Ophthalmology  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Effect of ranibizumab and aflibercept on best-corrected visual acuity in treat-and-extend for neovascular age-related macular ...

Wet Macular Degeneration Pipeline Insights, 2019 - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Wet Macular Degeneration - Pipeline Insight, 2019" drug pipelines has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Global Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2028 in Infectious Disease Therapeutic Area  The Augusta Observer

Report Titled “Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2028” provides product and API manufacturers' ...

Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Market Analysis 2019 to 2025  Nevada Green Times

Global Gene Therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration Market Size, Status And Forecast 2019-2025. The report provides a unique tool for evaluating the ...

Passion for travel inspires student's ophthalmology research  FIU News

Nafar and her husband traveling together. Biomedical engineering doctoral student Zahra Nafar has always had a drive to see the world. While following her.

Heavy smoking can damage vision: The research furthers the understanding of chronic smoking's detrimental effects on spatial and color vision  Science Daily

Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher finds. advertisement ...

American Federation of Teachers president to join picket line  WVAH

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will join West Virginia teachers on the picket line. Weingarten will join educators on the picket ...

8 Nutrients That Will Optimize Your Eye Health  BusinessGhana

Eye health goes hand-in-hand with general health, but a few nutrients are especially important for your eyes. These nutrients help maintain eye function, protect ...

Impact of myopic macular degeneration on treatment results | Acta Ophthalmologica  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Influence of myopic macular degeneration severity on treatment outcomes with intravitreal aflibercept in the MYRROR study.

Reverend says 'miracle' restored his sight 14 years after losing vision  Fox News

A West Virginia reverend said the miracle he waited 14 years for has restored his vision, enabling him to relive his daughter's wedding through photos and ...

Charleston reverend regains sight after 14 years in the dark  WSET

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Imagine 14 years in the dark. For one Charleston reverend, that was a reality. In 2003, Reverend Philip Dunn was ...

Global Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market - Prevalence of Elderly Population to Driving Market Growth - Press Release  Digital Journal

This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire. Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/12/2019 -- ResearchMoz.us has recently added a *fresh* report to its vast ...

Study Indicates Neovascular AMD Biomarkers  MD Magazine

Pigment epithelial detachment is less responsive to anti-VEGF treatment, compared to subretinal fluid or intraretinal cysts in nAMD, investigators observed.

Aflibercept Reports Reduced Vision Loss in NPDR Patients Over 1 Year  MD Magazine

New PANORAMA phase 3 trial results add to the anti-VEGF's profile for treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Ophthalmology Conference: The 5th Annual Congress on Controversies Ophthalmology: Asia-Australia (COPHy AA) - Shanghai February 21-23, 2019  MD Linx

COPHy AA again will be devoted to evidence-based debates and discussions amongst session moderators, speakers and the audience, all of whom will ...

Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) – Pipeline Insight, 2019 in Infectious Disease Therapeutic Area  The Augusta Observer

Report Titled “Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) – Pipeline Insight, 2019” provides product and API manufacturers' details across the globe ...

Treatment of large avascular retinal pigment epithelium detachments in | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Arnt-Ole Tvenning,1,2 Christian Hedels,3 Jørgen Krohn,4,5 Dordi Austeng1,2 1Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Faculty of Medicine and ...

Treatment in sight  WORLD News group

Nearly 11 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in people 65 and older. Currently, no cure ...

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy Every Day  Parade

As we age, our eyes age too, and the risk of eye diseases and conditions— many with no warning signs—climbs.That's why experts stress the importance of an ...

NIH scientists zero in on genes associated with AMD  News-Medical.net

National Eye Institute scientists led a collaborative study and zeroed in on genes associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of ...

Dr. Kumar-Singh Presents: Anti-Complement Gene Therapy for Dry and Wet AMD: Research Lecture Series  New England College of Optometry

Feb. 19, 2019, 5:00 - 6:00 PM | New England College of Optometry, LH-2. Please join Dr. Kumar-Singh, Tufts University, as he presents, “Anti-Complement Gene ...

VIDEO: Visual acuity unchanged after macular hole closure in patients with wet AMD  Healio

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — There was no statistically significant difference in visual acuity results in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration and ...

Number of anti-VEGF injections does not affect rate of macular hole development  Healio

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — The number of anti-VEGF injections given to patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration did not appear to increase the ...

What Seniors Need to Know About Vision Loss  U.S. News & World Report

For most of us, hitting age 40 signals a time of change with regard to several aspects of our health. One of the most noticeable is a change in how we see ...

Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market Recent Research and Forecast by 2025: Qy Research  Fashion Herald

Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market players, stakeholders, and other interested parties are the best receivers of trusted insights and strategic advice ...

Healthbeat 4: How to diagnose and treat common eye diseases  KTIV

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) — For most Americans, the sense of sight is a top priority and as we age our eyes continue to change. According to the Centers ...

Wet Macular Degeneration – Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2028 in Ophthalmology Therapeutic Area  RISReport

Report Titled “Wet Macular Degeneration – Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast – 2028”. The provides a detailed analysis of the Wet Macular ...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: 5 Things to Know  Medscape

A guide to the latest on this chronic disease, from emerging treatments to the risk factors to be on the lookout for.

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.

Breakthrough in identifying new genes in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness  Medical Xpress

Fight for Sight funded research published this week in Clinical Epigenetics, has identified new genes linked to the development of age-related macular ...

VIDEO: Gene therapy advances in inherited retinal disease, AMD, optogenetics  Healio

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii ― Elias Reichel, MD, discusses the latest advances in gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases, age related macular degeneration and ...

Adverum Biotechnologies Announces Presentation of Preclinical Long-Term Safety Data of ADVM-022 at 2019 Angiogenesis, Exudation, and Degeneration Conference  GlobeNewswire

Data demonstrates long-term expression of ADVM-022, an intravitreally delivered gene therapy currently in phase 1 for wet AMD, does not affect retinal ...

2019-2025 Wet Macular Degeneration Market Key strengths, Detailed Overview, Scope, Trends and Industry Analysis Research Report  reportsherald.com

Global Wet Macular Degeneration Market – Epidemiology Forecast to 2028 report delivers an in-depth understanding of the disease, historical & forecasted ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Eyeing Improvement: Fine-Tuning Anti-VEGF for Macular Degeneration  MD Magazine

Anti-VEGF injection therapy is the proven choice of care for AMD and DME. Still, concerns about dosing, costs, and convenience persist into 2019.

Crews continue to clean up rockslide on U.S. 52 in Mingo County  WVAH

The West Virginia Department of Transportation said highways crews continue to work to clean up a rockslide in Mingo County. Crews are cleaning up trees, ...

Global Wet Macular Degeneration – Pipeline Insight, 2018 in Ophthalmology  Thе Prеss Rеvіеwеr

Report Titled “Wet Macular Degeneration – Pipeline Insight, 2018” provides product and API manufacturers' details across the globe along with the location.

Global 2019 Wet Macular Degeneration Market API Manufacturers, Marketed and Phase III Drugs Landscape  TOP Tribune

Target Audience of “Wet Macular Degeneration Market” Report 2019: Manufacturer / Potential Investors, Traders, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retailers, Importers ...

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 ...

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Macular Degeneration  HealthDay

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, and existing treatments are few.

Putnam County man accused of burglarizing, setting home on fire  WVAH

A Putnam County man is charged after he was accused of intentionally burglarizing and setting fire to a home, state fire marshals said. Denver Jordan, 26, of ...

Researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of age-related macular degeneration: Findings set stage for first clinical trial of stem cell-based therapeutic approach for AMD  Science Daily

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of ...

BioTime Provides Business Update Including Information on AgeX, OncoCyte and Asterias  Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioTime, Inc. (NYSE American: BTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on degenerative ...

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 ...

Fitness Facts: Protect your eyesight  GCU Today

By Connie Colbert Director, Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic. We get only one pair of eyes, and they are irreplaceable. So to ensure years of good eye health ...

Stem Cell Therapy Patch for Macular Degeneration Sees the Light of Day  Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

If approved, the first ever clinical trail to test a stem cell-based therapy may provide a cure for age-related macular degeneration.

Finding a cure for age-related macular degeneration  Bangor Daily News

Leona Trinin was in her late 60s when her eye doctor told her he saw some yellow deposits under her retina. He called them drusen and said they were a sign ...

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 ...

Police looking for man reported missing in Roane County  WVAH

The Spencer Police Department is looking for a man who has been missing about two weeks. John DeMarino, 53, took his mother's vehicle Jan. 30 and has not ...

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, ...

Huge grant from Freemasons to help town charity fight 'cruel disease'  Andover Advertiser

OLDER people losing their sight will now be able to benefit from new services thanks to a grant of over £99000.

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.

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 ...

Research Roundup: Preventing macular degeneration blindness; A vaccine to the bio-terrorism toxin ricin and more!  Speaking of Research

Welcome to this week's Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week.

Price Discount Prompts NICE to Approve Breast Cancer Drug  Medscape

Approval for pertuzumab to be offered for routine NHS use to some women with breast cancer featured in this week's announcements by NICE.

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

A modified 12-week dosing schedule is now available for physicians administering the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor to patients with wet ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Research Advances Towards Eye Drop for Age-Related Macular Degeneration  Specialty Pharmacy Times

A team of British scientists is making strides toward its goal of creating an eye drop capable of treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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.

Metformin May Reduce Risk of Macular Degeneration  A Sweet Life

Metformin may reduce the risk of macular degeneration, according to a large retrospective study from Taiwan. The study showed people with type 2 diabetes ...

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 ...

“Beyond the Senses”  Thrive Global

Justin Sight is one of the first extraordinary people we met on our journey creating #StrokeofGenius. When he was seven years old, his eyesight began to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 Toledo ...

(2018-2023) Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) Market Drugs Dormant and Discontinued Pipeline Projects|analysis and forecast  Thе Prеss Rеvіеwеr

2018 Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) Market Report Renders an in-depth analysis of geographical regions and conditions, product/*service* ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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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