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Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration

Posted on: May 07, 2012

For those of you who are new to the vision world of macular degeneration, the two most common types of age related macular degeneration (AMD)  are dry AMD and wet AMD. The reason for the use of the words “dry” and “wet”  is that in the wet form, tiny capillaries start growing under the macula, […]

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Macular Pigment Density Testing

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Did you know that our eyes have internal “sunglasses?”  Known as the macular pigment (MP), this yellow pigmented spot is found in the center of the retina known as the macula.  Made up of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, the MP plays a critical role in protecting the macula from harmful blue light and in […]

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What Type of Macular Degeneration Do You Have?

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Perhaps you or someone close to you has recently received a diagnosis of age related macular degeneration (AMD).  Depending on the eye doctor, an explanation of this retinal disease was very brief or perhaps the diagnosis was so overwhelming it was difficult to hear anything else that was said. I remember when my father-in-law was […]

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Macular Degeneration and Stem Cell Research

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Macular degeneration and stem cell research is in its infancy – as is most stem cell research. However, there has been some progress to report in humans .  And even though the progress is quite small, it is still ground breaking. A  bio-tech company called Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) has its principal laboratory and GMP […]

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Distance Glasses – Magnifying Near and Far

Posted on: May 07, 2012

The two “best friends” for those with macular degeneration are magnifiers and lights. But when we think of a magnifier, we usually think of the traditional large round magnifying glass with a handle that can be used to enlarge the words of what we are reading or perhaps to see a photograph or picture more […]

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Is There a Test for Macular Degeneration?

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Awareness of macular degeneration is increasing as the baby boomer population continues to age. In generations long ago, family members knew that grandma or grandpa had lost some of their vision, but they didn’t know why there was loss of vision or the name of the eye disease.  Now thanks to years of research and […]

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An Unknown But Not Unimportant AMD Antioxidant

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Why are antioxidants so important in the world of macular degeneration? Whether you have been diagnosed with the early stages of this retinal disease, trying to prevent it or have advanced AMD, antioxidants play an important role in the macula  – a very tiny spot in the center of our retina that gives us that […]

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Anti-VEGF Medications for Wet Macular Degeneration Treatment

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Wet macular degeneration (AMD) treatment often involves intro-ocular or eye injections using anti-VEGF medications. VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor. VEGF is a protein that the body makes that promotes blood vessel growth. Another term for new blood vessel growth is angiogenesis.  Wet AMD is aptly named because the macula – a very small […]

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Wet Macular Degeneration Medications

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Wet macular degeneration treatment is very different from dry macular degeneration treatment.  Even though both eye conditions cause central vision loss, how and why that vision loss occurs is because of very different processes going on in the body.  Dry macular degeneration is a slow, gradual degrading or dying of the photoreceptor cells located in […]

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The Right Question to Ask

Posted on: May 07, 2012

If you have macular degeneration or know someone with macular degeneration, you may be wondering what is a good gift to give them for Christmas.  We are wondering ourselves what to give my 85 year old father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration. You may find just the right gift for that person by rephrasing your […]

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