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

Will blue light from electronic devices increase my risk of macular degeneration and blindness? - Harvard Health Blog  Harvard Health

Every day, retinal specialists are asked about the risks from blue light emitted from electronic devices. (Retinal specialists treat conditions affecting the retina, ...

Vitamins, new treatments offer hope for people with macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans — more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

Treatment for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration Receives Biologics License Application Approval  Pharmacy Times

Officials with the FDA have accepted Novartis' Biologics License Application (BLA) for brolucizumab (RTH258), a humanized single-chain antibody fragment ...

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?  Next Avenue

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. As many Here ...

1,800 Seconds™ in Advances in the Management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration  Healio

Education Lab | 1800 Seconds™ in Advances in the Management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration may be reduced by artificial intelligence  Health Europa

Action Against AMD have partnered with artificial intelligence company BenevolentAI to uncover the mysteries of age-related macular degeneration.

Ophthotech in-licenses gene therapies for type of macular degeneration; shares up 29% after hours  Seeking Alpha

Thinly traded nano cap Ophthotech (NASDAQ:OPHT) is up 29% after hours in response to its in-licensing deal for adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy ...

On Nutrition: Nuts are beneficial but will not ward off macular degeneration  Tulsa World

Dear Dr. Blonz: I have been diagnosed with macular degeneration. Upon searching for help, I found that eating pistachio nuts and Brazil nuts is recommended to ...

Can vitamins and minerals really improve your eyesight?  WTOP

Vitamins and minerals are packed with benefits for bones and teeth, but how effective are they at protecting eyesight during the aging process? Sally Squires ...

Eye Associates of New Mexico Patient Is First in State to Receive a Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration after Previous Cataract Surgery  Associated Press

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Experimental drug delivers one-two punch to vision loss: Experiments show new therapy slows blood vessel leakage associated with diabetic macular edema and macular degeneration  Science Daily

In studies with lab-grown human cells and in mice, researchers have found that an experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously ...

Novartis' BLA Acceptance Allows Entrance Into Large And Turbulent Wet AMD Market  Seeking Alpha

Novartis announced that the FDA had accepted its BLA for brolucizumab to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration. The company chose to use ...

Age-related macular degeneration: Study identifies genes for future therapies  Medical News Bulletin

Researchers study the role of epigenetic regulation of genes in the development of age-related macular degeneration that is the leading cause of blindness in ...

Novartis announces FDA filing acceptance and Priority Review of brolucizumab (RTH258) for patients with wet AMD  BioSpace

EAST HANOVER, N.J., April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company's Biologics ...

Preventing Progression in Nonexudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration With Subthreshold Laser Therapy: A Systematic Review  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of ...

First patient dosed in Innovent wet AMD trial  Healio

Innovent Biologics has dosed the first patient in a phase 1 trial of IBI302, the company's wet age-related macular degeneration treatment candidate, according to ...

Opthalmology: No Evidence Linking Calcium Supplements to Age-Related Macular Degeneration Interview with: Emily Y. Chew, M.D.Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical ApplicationsDeputy Clinical. Dr. Chew. Emily Y.

Age–Related Macular Degeneration Research-Industry Analysis, Growth, Size, Share  Truth Daily Mirror

Coherent Market Insights adds Age–Related Macular Degeneration Market Report to its research database that gives a detailed investigation of the current ...

EastEnders' actress June Brown losing her sight  BBC News

EastEnders veteran June Brown has said she can no longer recognise her friends as she deals with age-related macular degeneration at the age of 92.

No evidence that calcium increases risk of AMD: People taking the mineral for other medical reasons should stay the course  Science Daily

Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the ...

Ask Amy: Older mother drives, but never arrives  The Washington Post

Daughter is angry that Mom tries but keeps missing big family events.

Outcome of macular degeneration therapy | Retina  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Effect of intraocular pressure–lowering medications on neovascular age-related macular degeneration treatment outcomes in the ...

Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Market Size is set for Rapid Growth (2019-2025) | Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare, Novartis  Weekly Wall

Los Angeles, United State, April 19th, 2019- The research study offers powerful guidelines for market players to compete well against other participants ...

Relation of geographic atrophy to macular degeneration | Retina  MD Linx

Internal Medicine Article: Clinicopathologic correlation of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration.

Endowment honoring life of service to eye research sees first recipient at Oakland University  The Oakland Press

A $500000 endowed research professorship created in honor of the co-founder of Oakland University's Eye Research Institute has seen its first awardee.

The Right Chemistry: Bilberries, blueberries and night vision  Montreal Gazette

As the story goes, British pilots in the Second World War ate bilberry jam to improved their night vision. Well, it's a good story ...

16th Century Ginko Prescription Shows Promise as Antibacterial for Skin  Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause a variety of skin infections.

Bio Roundup: Nationwide's Rise, a Surgeon's Quest, CRISPR USA & More  Xconomy

Persistence and perseverance were the themes of two of our top stories this week. First there's the story of Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Columbus,

Experimental drug 'slows down macular degeneration'

An experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously thought, according to new research by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The new…

This clinic’s experimental stem cell treatment blinded patients. Years later, the government is still trying to stop it.  The Washington Post

The FDA is awaiting a ruling on a federal lawsuit, its most aggressive action against the growing industry.

Georgia OKeeffe Museum tackles visitors color blindness  Columbia Daily Tribune

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The vibrant colors and hues in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings soon will be on full display for color-blind visitors.The Santa Fe museum ...

Chef Matt Bell's recipe for vinaigrette dressing  KATV

Chef Matt Bell from South on Main makes a red wine vinaigrette dressing to go on top of a salad filled with veggies. Red Wine Vinaigrette: 1/4 of red onion.

Drug for Leading Cause of Blindness Gets Priority Review  P&T Community

The FDA has granted a priority review designation for RTH258 (Brolucizumab, Novartis) for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Astonishing Utilities of Rosemary - Anti-Spasmodic Actions - Prevents

Having great benefits from Rosemary can be mantained if your intake of the plant through different ways like consumed in food, applied to the skin, inhaled,

Safety of retina transplants via donated iPS cells OK'd for 1st time:The Asahi Shimbun  Asahi Shimbun

Five severe eye disease patients at risk of blindness have maintained their level of eyesight a year after receiving retina cells made from a donor's induced ...

Pixium Vision Reports Cash Position as of March 31, 2019  GlobeNewswire

Paris, France. April 19, 2019 – 7.00 AM CET - Pixium Vision (FR0011950641 - PIX), a bioelectronics company developing innovative bionic vision systems to ...

Answer to Degenerative Blindness Might Lie Inside Plants  Interesting Engineering

Scientists are on the way to developing a treatment for degenerative blindness using compounds from plants. The study shows that some plants can be used to ...

Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2019- Global Development History, Key manufacturers (Sanofi, Bayer, Roche) and Demand Forecast 2025

Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment research report puts a light on the challenges, market structures, opportunities, driving forces, scope, and ...

UIC Researchers Aim to Detect Brain Disease Earlier with $1.4M Grant  WTTW News

New imaging techniques will allow researchers to study small changes in the retina that could indicate the early stages of brain diseases, like Alzheimer's and ...

How To Protect Your Vision and Avoid Macular Degeneration  Life Pulse Health

While winter weather may be keeping you indoors this February, spring break is around the corner. And if you're planning to go somewhere sunny, don't forget ...

Ginkgo Seed Extracts Show Antibacterial Activity on Skin Pathogens  Infection Control Today

Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and ...

Human Research Violations by UCSD Eye Doctor Showcase a National Problem  Times of San Diego

Dr. Kang Zhang is the chief of eye genetics at UCSD with a history of research violations that put patients in harm's way for years.

Novartis' speedy brolucizumab review tees up battle with Eylea, Lucentis  FiercePharma

Look out, Roche and Regeneron—Novartis eye candidate brolucizumab is on its way. Monday, the FDA said it had granted the wet age-related macular ...

DeepMind has made a prototype product that can diagnose eye diseases  MIT Technology Review

It's a device that scans a patient's retina to diagnose potential issues in real time.

What Is the Difference Between Wet or Dry Macular Degeneration?  University of Michigan Health System News

Dry macular degeneration occurs when cells of the macula begin to thin and break down. It is characterized by drusen buildup and typically worsens over time.

Possible New Drug May Help Combat Vision Loss  Bel Marra Health

A new experimental drug may be able to combat vision loss. The study was conducted on lab-grown human cells and mice by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Global Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market Insights 2019-2024 : Applied Genetic Technologies Corp  News Stock Exchange

The global “Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market” consist of detail market report including segmentation, company profile, factors of growth, ...

Adverum Biotechnologies Provides Clinical Program Update on ADVM-022 Gene Therapy for Wet AMD  GlobeNewswire

Clinical Hold until Additional CMC Information is Reviewed by FDA - - Independent DMC Review of Safety Data from First Cohort of Six Patients with No SAEs or ...

Increased calcium intake may reduce risk of macular degeneration: JAMA  Specialty Medical Dialogues

Increased calcium intake may reduce the risk of macular degeneration, according to a new study. In contraindication to an earlier study indicating that high levels ...

Essential Vitamins For Those Who Work The Night Shift Or Stay Up Late  International Business Times

There are a good number of professions that require staying up in until very late in the evening or even until the morning. Healthcare professionals, those who ...

Take steps to prevent vision loss from macular degeneration  Buffalo News

By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans but treatments have ...

Eye Care Supplements Market Expected to show Enthralling Growth of 10.8% CAGR by 2023 with Biosyntrx Inc., Nordic Naturals Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Healths Harmony USA Supplements LLC etc. |  Medgadget

A Broad Analysis of the "Worldwide Eye Care Supplements Market “methodology of the leading organizations in the exactness of import/export utilization,

Protect Your Aging Eyes From Macular Degeneration | Health News  U.S. News & World Report

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter. (HealthDay). FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye ...

Key to stopping late stage macular degeneration

... late stage macular degeneration. Eating eggs can reduce someone's risk of developing a chronic eye condition that causes vision loss. Added9 days ago.

Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market Top Manufacturers Archives  Thefeedgraph

Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2019, Trend, CAGR Status, Growth, Analysis and Forecast to 2024. A research report on this has been ...

7 Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Macular Degeneration  University of Michigan Health System News

AMD affects the eyesight of millions. A Michigan Medicine specialist offers easy ways to help slow or prevent the disease.

7 Tips to Stop Macular Degeneration  Healthline

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Here's how to keep your vision safe while enjoying the sun this spring ...

Tomatoes Help Beat Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes  Newsmax

Tomatoes were once considered poisonous because they belong to the toxic nightshade family. But now, 200 years later, they rank as the fourth most popular ...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Genes Revealed in Transcriptome Studies  GenomeWeb

A team led by National Eye Institute researchers picked out B3GLCT and BLOC1S1 as the most plausible target genes in an age-related macular degeneration ...

Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market By Application Archives  Thefeedgraph

Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2019, Trend, CAGR Status, Growth, Analysis and Forecast to 2024. A research report on this has been ...

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 ...

Macular disease scores $3m federal cash  Daily Mail

Australians living with a degenerative eye disease have been given a $3 million federal government look-in for awareness and early detection of the...

2019-25 Global Macular Degeneration Treatment Market Research By Regions and Manufacturers Allergan, Novartis, Pfizer, Bayer, Roche  Market Trends

Macular Degeneration Treatment | Global Market 2019 | Introduction, Application and Specification. Global Macular Degeneration Treatment market study report ...

Sun protection for cyclists - how to protect your skin when riding your bike

Riding a bike is healthy but time in the sun can lead to skin problems, some of them serious. it's easy to get caught out by the sun when cycling so here's how to ...

Research into new macular degeneration treatments takes off as cases rise  STAT

Scientists are experimenting with dozens of drug candidates, including about 20 in clinical trials, that work to preserve vision and restore sight.

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 ...

Age-related Macular Degeneration Market Share, Trend and Key Players  The Market Research News

Significant driving forces shaping the future of the Age-related Macular Degeneration market for the forecast period 2018 – 2026 find a special mention in the ...

Tag: Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market  TechZiffy

A New Research Report titled “Age Related Macular Degeneration Drug Market Prognosticated For A Ravishing Growth By 2024″ to its Large Report database ...

Bowie woman's increasing blindness from macular degeneration depicted in film  Times Record News

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 10 million Americans, more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

Daily Biotech Pulse: J&J Earnings, FDA Nod For Medicinova, Proteon To Explore Strategic Alternatives  Benzinga

Here's a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours. Scaling The Peaks (Biotech stocks hitting 52-week highs on April 15) ...

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 ...

Global Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2019 – Key Players, SWOT Analysis, Key Indicators and Forecast to 2024  Strange Malady

Global Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024 released by ...

Trial will be first in US of Nobel-winning stem cell technique  STAT

Curing diabetes with stem cells? Everyone knew that would be hard. Parkinson's disease? Harder. Alzheimer's? Probably impossible. But age-related 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.

Human Trials Could Begin for Macular Degeneration Stem Cell Therapy  MD Magazine

FDA trial approval would make this trial the first ever to test a stem cell-based therapy derived from induced pluripotent stem cells for treating any disease.

Seeing clearly: Know your risk for macular degeneration  Baylor College of Medicine News

More than 60 million Americans are estimated to be at high risk for vision loss. However, according to the CDC, only half of those at risk have visited an eye ...

How to live longer: These colourful veg may protect against heart disease and cancer  Express

HOW TO live longer: Eating a balanced diet packed with fruit and vegetables is key to healthy living, but many people tend to eat the same foods and neglect ...

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.

Government refuses to buy £400,000 home of couple living only 300 yards from HS2 tracks  Daily Mail

Fiona and Peter Baker have been battling with officials at HS2 and the Department for Transport since April 2017 to get help selling their home in Stanthorne, ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market Research: by Disease Overview, Causes, Symptoms, Classification, Risk Factor, Diagnosis, Treatment Analysis and Industry Growth Opportunities Forecast 2028 Report

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Market Research Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Age-Related Macular Degeneration, providing the ...

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.

Global Drugs for Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration Market Growth 2019 - Bayer, Regeneron, Eyetech, Pfizer  The Wind Herald

The new research report on 2019-2025 Drugs for Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration Report on Global and United States Market, Status and ...

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.

Saluting a true pioneer in vision rehabilitation  The Ellsworth American

Dear Editor: Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Awareness Week will be observed this year the week of April 14-20, to commemorate Anne Sullivan's birthday on.

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, ...

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.

Macular degeneration treatment market size worth around US $11.4 billion by 2026: Acumen Research and Consulting  GlobeNewswire

LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global macular degeneration treatment market size is anticipated to value USD 11.4 billion by ...

Artificial Retina Market Growth And Analysis- Industry Trends, Size, Shares, Forecast To 2026  Veteran's Vista

Artificial retina market is a major breakthrough in medical devices industry, wherein many universities and leading medical devices companies are conducting ...

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.

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.

Global Ophthalmic Diagnostic Devices Market: Development History, Current Analysis and Estimated Forecast to 2025  Industrial Journalism

Global Ophthalmic Diagnostic Devices Market Report is the new offering at 'The Market Reports' which covers key company profile, their market share and other ...

$3 million government commitment to macular disease as action plan unveiled  Insight News

The Federal Government has announced a $3 million pre-budget commitment to address macular disease in Australia, while also signalling its support for a ...

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 ...

Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment | Global Market Detailed Study 2018-2023  SteerFeed

A research report on “Global Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Market 2018 Industry Research Report” is being published by This is ...

Blocking blue light with yellow lenses  QNotes

As I mentioned in a past article, sleep hygiene is very important to rest and overall health and wellness. This is because the body heals and the brain detoxifies ...

Be aware of age-related macular degeneration

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.

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.

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What about Resources?

Dr. Pautler's Blog
American Academy of Ophthalmology
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)
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