Eye Conditions

How Fast Does AMD Progress?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2017

“I just found out that I have dry age related macular degeneration (AMD). My left eye has some blurring in it and I was told to get vitamins and to eat my green veggies. I’m freaking out and worried that I’m going to lose my eyesight. I’m 61 years old. How fast does this retinal […]

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Cataracts, Clouding and Clumping Proteins

Posted on: Jun 28, 2017

Is it true that with age everyone will develop cataracts?  According to Robert Abel, Jr., MD, ophthalmologist and author of The Eye Care Revolution, that statement is a myth.  In fact, he writes,” It is possible to prevent, stabilize and even reverse cataracts through nutrition and supplementation.”   What are Cataracts? Many people compare how […]

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Photothermal Therapy Study for Dry AMD

Posted on: Apr 20, 2017

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL is collaborating with Stanford University in California to determine if a photothermal laser that is non-damaging to the macula versus a sham laser therapy will benefit patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD)  who have high-risk drusen.  The goal of the study is to see if treating macular […]

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Lipofuscin Accumulation in Dry AMD

Posted on: Mar 27, 2017

“An important pathological characteristic of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the accumulation of lipofuscin in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Lipofuscin may interfere with normal RPE cellular function and result in RPE death with associated loss of overlying photoreceptors.” according to the authors of The Role of Vitamin A in the Progression of Dry AMD.  […]

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Dark Adaptation and Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Dec 01, 2016

One’s ability to adapt to different lighting situations is affected in those who have macular degeneration (AMD) making it more difficult to adjust to new lighting environments.  Diminished light adaptation in changing light levels when transitioning for example from outside to inside is slower and a common symptom in those with this retinal condition. But […]

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Macula Risk Test – Genetic Testing for AMD

Posted on: May 18, 2016

The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) issued an urgent warning in March of 2016 to those who have been diagnosed with intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The warning advised patients to talk with their eye doctor about commonly prescribed eye vitamins using the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) formula containing zinc, which upon further […]

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Free Audiobook Options

Posted on: Feb 11, 2016

One of the biggest fears for someone who has been diagnosed with a chronic or degenerative eye condition is the loss of the ability to read.  As an avid reader myself, I can understand that concern.  However, there is more than one way to enjoy your favorite author or genre of books. Audio books can […]

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What Affects Vision Clarity?

Posted on: Jan 04, 2016

Have you noticed that on some days your vision is more clear and on other days the blurriness seems to be worse?   One person with early dry AMD shares his experience, “Sometimes my vision is as clear as can be, but on some days (seems to be more on less sunny days with lots of […]

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Hiding One’s Low Vision

Posted on: Dec 07, 2015

My 89 year old father-in-law has wet macular degeneration in both eyes. He has trouble reading when he is away from home if he doesn’t bring his lighted magnifier with him. But he won’t. So when he is at a medical office, store, restaurant, etc and he has to read or look at a form […]

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Declining Depth Perception

Posted on: Nov 09, 2015

When someone has been diagnosed with macular degeneration the most common symptom that comes to mind is the loss of straight ahead or the center part of one’s vision.  This vision loss affects one’s ability to read or to recognize a familiar face.  But there are other changes that can also affect one’s quality of […]

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