Tag: macular degeneration

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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How Fast Does Macular Degeneration Progress?

Posted on: May 07, 2012

Often the first question a person will ask when they’ve just been diagnosed with macular degeneration, is “How fast will my macular degeneration progress?”  The doctor usually gives a vague answer which usually instills even more anxiety in the patient. However, there’s a good reason why the doctor may be evasive. It’s because every person […]

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What is Macular Degeneration? Basic Retina Anatomy

Posted on: May 07, 2012

The Macular Degeneration Foundation reports that two hundred thousand people are diagnosed every year with macular degeneration.  Although more people are becoming familiar with this retinal condition, many people are hearing about it for the first time. Perhaps it’s your mother,  your brother,  your spouse or yourself that has developed age related macular degeneration.

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What are Macular Drusen

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011

What are Macular Drusen? If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration  (AMD) you probably have heard your eye specialist mention something about seeing some drusen during your eye exam.  In fact the development of these yellow deposits are they first signs of AMD.  Some people have them even before they notice any changes in […]

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Attitude – Adapting to Life with Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011

In her book, Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss, Peggy Wolfe writes quite a bit about attitude.  Peggy has lived with age related macular degeneration (AMD) for 11 years, suffering more severe vision loss from wet AMD the past 5 years. When I asked her what attitude has helped her the most […]

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Understanding Macular Degeneration Research

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011

I often get many e-mails when some type of macular degeneration research is in the news. Patients and loved one are wanting to know when, where and how they can get this “latest treatment.” Unfortunately just because some research is in the news, doesn’t mean that the new treatment is even close to being available […]

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Audio Books For Those With Vision Loss

Posted on: Sep 08, 2011

Many people with macular degeneration or other types of vision loss, will alternate from reading their favorite books to listening to their favorite books. Sometimes, listening is a welcome change to the strain of trying to read. Simply find yourself a comfortable spot to sit, put up your feet, close your eyes, and listen.

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Macular Degeneration – Does it Run in Families?

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011

My husband’s father has wet age related macular degeneration (AMD).   Several of his father’s brothers and sisters also had AMD.  If you have a parent or sibling with macular degeneration, you may be wondering, does that mean you will develop it too? Although we can’t say for sure that living with macular degeneration is in […]

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