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MACULAR DEGENERATION DESCRIPTION
Macular Degeneration is an eye disorder that causes a progressive visual loss due to degeneration of the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for fine vision. It is basically caused by hardening of the arteries that nourish the retina, depriving the tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe visual loss in the United States and Europe in people over 55 years old. This loss of vision may appear suddenly or it may progress slowly. Usually peripheral and color vision are unaffected.
TWO TYPES OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
Atrophic ("Dry". Dry macular degeneration is the more common type (90-percent of the cases) and less severe. Exudative ("Wet"). Wet macular degeneration is one of two types of age-related macular degeneration and always begins as the dry type.
In wet macular degeneration, the degeneration of the macula is accompanied hemorrhaging or leaking of fluid from a network of tiny blood vessels that develop under the center of the retina. This results in scarring and loss of vision. In both cases, because the macula alone is affected, central vision is lost but total blindness is avoided. some side vision is usually retained.
Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in your visual field. It's generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula. The macula is in the part of the retina responsible for central vision.
Early detection and treatment of wet macular degeneration may help reduce vision loss and, in some instances, recover vision.
Macular degeneration is probably the result of free radical damage similar to the type of damage that induces cataracts. Factors that predispose a person to developing macular degeneration include aging, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and environmental toxins. Heredity may play a role as well.
MACULAR DEGENERATION FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
In its early stages, age-related macular degeneration may not have symptoms and may be unrecognized until it progresses or affects both eyes. The first sign of macular degeneration is usually distortion of straight lines. This may progress to a gradual loss of central vision and without pain.
DRY MACULAR DEGENERATION
Symptoms of dry macular degeneration include:
Dry macular degeneration usually affects both eyes. If only one eye is affected, you may not notice any changes in your vision because your good eye may compensate for the weak eye. The condition does not affect peripheral (side) vision, so it rarely causes total blindness. Dry macular degeneration can progress to wet, or neovascular, macular degeneration, which is characterized by blood vessels that grow under the retina and leak. The dry type is more common, but it usually progresses slowly over several years. The wet type is more likely to cause a sudden, relatively, change in vision resulting in serious vision loss.
- Straight lines begin to appear distorted or the center of vision becomes distorted.
- Dark, blurry areas or white out appears in the center of vision in one or both eyes.
- The need for brighter light when reading or doing close work.
- Increased difficulty adapting to low light levels, such as entering a dimly lit room.
- Diminished intensity or brightness of colors or changed color perception.
- Difficulty with facial recognition.
WET MACULAR DEGENERATION
Wet macular degeneration symptoms usually appear suddenly and worsen rapidly. They may include:
Macular degeneration does not affect side (peripheral) vision, so it rarely causes total blindness.
- Visual distortions, such as straight lines seeming bent.
- Reduced central vision in one or both eyes.
- Decreased intensity or brightness of colors.
- A well-defined blurry spot or blind spot in your field of vision.
- A general haziness in your overall vision.
- Abrupt onset and rapid worsening of symptoms.
MACULAR DEGENERATION CAUSES
Changes may be the first indication of macular degeneration, particularly if you are over the age of 50 years.
DRY MACULAR DEGENERATION
No one knows exactly what causes dry macular degeneration. But research indicates it may be related to a combination of heredity and environmental factors, including smoking and diet. The condition develops as the eye ages. Dry macular degeneration affects the macula. This is an area of the retina that is responsible for clear vision in your direct line of sight. Over time tissue in your macula may thin and break down.
Risk factors that may increase your risk of macular degeneration include:
- Age. This disease is most common in people over 65.
- Family history and genetics. This disease has a hereditary component. Researchers have identified several genes that are related to developing the condition.
- Race. Macular degeneration is more common in whites than it is in other people.
- Smoking. Smoking cigarettes or being regularly exposed to smoke significantly increases your risk of macular degeneration.
- Obesity. Research indicates that being obese may increase your chance that early or intermediate macular degeneration will progress to the more severe form of the disease.
- Cardiovascular disease. If you have had diseases that affected your heart and blood vessels, you may be at higher risk of macular degeneration.
People whose dry macular degeneration has progressed to central vision loss may experience depression or visual hallucinations. And dry macular degeneration may progress to wet macular degeneration, which can cause rapid vision loss if left untreated.
WET MACULAR DEGENERATION
No one knows the exact cause of wet macular degeneration, but it develops in people who have had dry macular degeneration. Of all people with age-related macular degeneration, about 10-percent have the wet form.
Wet macular degeneration can develop in different ways:
- Vision loss caused by abnormal blood vessel growth. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow from the choroid under and into the macula (choroidal neovascularization). The choroid is the layer of blood vessels between the retina and the outer, firm coat of the eye (sclera). These abnormal blood vessels may leak fluid or blood, interfering with the retina's function.
- Vision loss caused by fluid buildup in the back of the eye. When fluid leaks from the choroid, it can collect between the choroid and a thin cell layer called the retinal pigment epithelium. This may cause a bump in the macula, resulting in vision loss.
Factors that may increase your risk of macular degeneration include:
- Age. This disease is most common in people over 65.
- Family history. This disease has a hereditary component. Researchers have identified several genes related to developing the condition.
- Smoking. Smoking cigarettes or being regularly exposed to smoke significantly increases your risk of macular degeneration.
- Obesity. Research indicates that being obese increases the chance that early or intermediate macular degeneration will progress to a more severe form of the disease.
- Cardiovascular disease. If you have diseases that affect your heart and blood vessels, you may be at higher risk of macular degeneration.
People whose wet macular degeneration has progressed to central vision loss may experience depression or visual hallucinations. This is known as Charles Bonnet syndrome.
MACULAR DEGENERATION MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS
Your eye care provider will review your medical and family history and conduct a complete eye exam. To confirm a diagnosis of macular degeneration, he or she may do several other tests, including:
Examination of the back of your eye. Your eye care provider will put drops in your eyes to dilate them and use a special instrument to examine the back of your eye. He or she will look for fluid or blood or a mottled appearance that is caused by drusen. People with macular degeneration often have many drusen (yellow deposits that form under the retina).
Test for defects in the center of your vision. During an eye exam, your eye care provider may use an Amsler grid to test for defects in your central vision. If you have macular degeneration, some of the straight lines in the grid will look faded, broken or distorted.
Fluorescein Angiography. During this test, your eye care provider injects a colored dye into a vein in your arm. The dye travels to and highlights the blood vessels in your eye. A special camera takes pictures as the dye travels through the blood vessels. The images will show if you have abnormal blood vessels or retinal changes.
Indocyanine Green Angiography. Like fluorescein angiography, this test uses an injected dye. It may be used to confirm the findings of a fluorescein angiography or to identify specific types of macular degeneration.
Optical Coherence Tomography. This non-invasive imaging test displays detailed cross-sections of the retina. It identifies areas of thinning, thickening or swelling. This test is also used to help monitor how the retina responds to macular degeneration treatments.
MACULAR DEGENERATION CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Dry macular degeneration cannot be cured. If your condition is diagnosed early, you can take steps to help slow its progression, such as taking vitamin supplements, healthy eating and not smoking.
Treatments are available that may help slow disease progression, preserve existing vision and, if started early enough, recover some lost vision.
LOW VISION REHABILITATION
Age-related macular degeneration does not affect your side (peripheral) vision and usually does not cause total blindness. But it can reduce or eliminate your central vision. Your central vision is necessary for driving a car, reading and recognizing people's faces. It may be beneficial for you to work with a low vision rehabilitation specialist, an occupational therapist, your eye care provider and others trained in low vision rehabilitation. They can help you find ways to adapt to your changing vision.
TELESCOPIC LENS IMPLANTATION
Surgery to implant a telescopic lens may be considered for selected people with advanced dry macular degeneration in both eyes, one option to improve vision may be surgery to implant a telescopic lens in one eye. The telescopic lens, which looks like a tiny plastic tube, is equipped with lenses that magnify your field of vision. The telescopic lens implant may improve both distance and close-up vision, but it has a very narrow field of view. It can be particularly useful in an urban environment to aid in identifying street signs.
MEDICATIONS TO STOP ABNORMAL BLOOD VESSEL GROWTH
Medications may help stop growth of new blood vessels by blocking the effects of growth signals the body sends to generate new blood vessels. These drugs are considered the first line treatment for all stages of wet macular degeneration.
Medications used to treat wet macular degeneration include:
The FDA has approved a new drug, pegaptanib sodium (Macugen). This drug is particularly suited for treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. The drug must be administered by injection. Macugen was co-developed by Eyetech Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, Inc., and will be co-marketed by both companies in the United States.
Other medications include:
Bevacizumab (Avastin). Ranibizumab (Lucentis). Aflibercept (Eylea).
Your eye care provider injects these medications into the affected eye. You may need injections every four weeks to maintain the beneficial effect of the medication. In some instances, you may partially recover vision as the blood vessels shrink and the fluid under the retina absorbs, allowing retinal cells to regain some function.
Possible risks of eye injections include conjunctival hemorrhage, eye pain, floaters, increased eye pressure and eye inflammation. Some of these medications may increase the risk of stroke.
Using light to activate an injected medication is known as photodynamic therapy. Photodynamic therapy is sometimes used to treat abnormal blood vessels at the center of your macula.
In this procedure, your eye care provider injects a drug called verteporfin (Visudyne) into a vein in your arm, which travels to blood vessels in your eye. Your practitioner shines a focused light from a special laser to the abnormal blood vessels in your eye. This activates the drug, causing the abnormal blood vessels to close, which stops the leakage.
Photodynamic therapy may improve your vision and reduce the rate of vision loss. You may need repeated treatments over time, as the treated blood vessels may reopen.
After photodynamic therapy, you will need to avoid direct sunlight and bright lights until the drug has cleared your body, which may take a few days.
A laser is used to destroy abnormal blood vessels, known as photocoagulation. During laser therapy, your eye care practitioner uses a high-energy laser beam to seal abnormal blood vessels under the macula. The laser causes scarring that can create a blind spot, but the procedure is used to stop the vessels from bleeding with the aim of minimizing further damage to the macula. Even with this treatment, blood vessels may regrow, requiring further treatment.
Few people who have wet macular degeneration are candidates for this treatment. It generally is not an option if you have abnormal blood vessels directly under the center of the macula. Also, the more damaged your macula is, the lower the likelihood of success.
Clinical studies have shown that taking Bilberry extract (160 mg and up daily) and eating fresh Blueberries (8 to 10 ounces per day), plus taking Ginkgo Biloba extract and Zinc, can help halt the loss of vision. Blueberries are rich in valuable flavonoids. Treatment at an early stage is most effective.
Bilberry extract is helpful with many different diseases of the eyes including vascular retinal disturbances, cataracts, diabetic-induced glaucoma, myopia, and all forms of eye strain.
Clove (Caryophyllus Aromaticus) is often used to treat worms, viruses, candida, and various bacterial and protozoan infections, but is most commonly used externally to treat toothache and mouth and throat inflammation and to slow macular degeneration. Clove Oil is a natural toothache remedy, an herbal remedy for parasites and slows macular degeneration.
Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo Biloba) extract has been proven to support healthy circulation to the brain as well as the extremities. Modern research has confirmed that the ginkgo flavone glycosides and the terpene lactones do indeed produce these results, increasing circulation to the brain and other parts of the body as well as exerting a protective action on nerve cells.
Goji (Wolfberry) has healing antioxidant benefits of nourishing and strengthening the eyes, liver, kidneys and nourishing the blood.
Increase your consumption of Green Foods, green leafy vegetables, especially collard greens, Kale, Mustard greens, Spinach, and Turnip greens. Eat legumes; yellow vegetables; flavonoid-rich berries such as Blueberries, Blackberries, and Cherries; and foods rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin C, such as raw fruits and vegetables.
In a study reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology, ophthalmologists at Louisiana State University Medical School tested the effects of supplemental Zinc on people suffering from macular degeneration. Half the group received a 100 mg tablet of zinc twice a day; the other half received a placebo. After 12 to 24 months, the zinc group showed significantly less deterioration than the placebo group.
Coenzyme Q-10 improves retinal function in patients with age-related macular degeneration, according to Dr. Janos Feher, a researcher at the University of Rome, Italy. A small study, reported in the journal Ophthalmologist, compared a group getting a CoQ10 preparation to a control group getting vitamin E alone. The subjects who received the CoQ10 mixture showed slight improvement or no degeneration over 2 years, while the control group continued to slowly decline.
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme used for several key steps in the production of energy within each cell, and an antioxidant important in its clinical effects. It is these two properties make CoQ10 one of the best supplements available today.
Digestive Enzymes supplements may be needed since cooking destroys many of the digestive enzymes in food. Taking plant fiber-based digestive enzymes aids in digesting even the heaviest meal.
Hyaluronic Acid makes up 95-percent of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which may help prevent macular degeneration, according to Peter Gehlbach, assistant professor of ophthalmology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Some health care providers recommend as many as 5 servings of broccoli a day, along with the green vegetables listed above.
Antioxidant nutrients are known to protect against macular degeneration, but two in particular, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are believed to play a critical role in the prevention of the disease. A study by Johanna M. Seddon, M.D., of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, compared the diets of 356 patients with macular degeneration with 520 patients with other eye diseases. The data revealed that Beta-Carotene was not especially effective, but that lutein and zeaxanthin were. Some foods that contain lutein and zeaxanthin are collard greens, kale, mustard greens, and turnip greens.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is known for it's powerful free radical fighting attributes. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a versatile water and fat soluble metabolic antioxidant. Another benefit is that it also acts as a potent free radical quencher and aids other vitamins in their antioxidant activities.ALA is legendary in its ability to prolong the life span and effectiveness of partnering antioxidants and is central to recycling other antioxidants especially Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as Glutathione (GSH).
Selenium is an essential component of Glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens. Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and there is evidence that it can help the body fight cancer.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems and blood vessel support and health.
Vitamin E is a major antioxidant and the primary defense against lipid peroxidation. It is particularly important in protecting the body's cells from free radical/oxidative damage.
Reduce dietary fat to less than 24 grams per day and trans-fat to less than 1/2 gram per day. Eat more nuts and fish (to increase omega-3s) and less animal fat in general.
Avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke, all sugars, saturated fats, and foods containing fats and oils that have been subjected to heat and/or exposed to the air, such as fried foods, hamburgers, luncheon meats, and roasted nuts.
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Coenzyme Q-10
60 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation. Powerful antioxidants protect against macular degeneration. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10. Powerful antioxidants protect against macular degeneration. Grape Seed Extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage. Selenium 400 mcg daily. An important antioxidant. Promotes the action of Vitamin E. Shark Cartilage 1 gram per 15 lbs of body weight daily, divided into 3 doses. If you cannot tolerate taking it orally, it can be administered in a retention enema. To prevent and possibly halt the progression of exudative macular degeneration by inhibiting the growth of tiny blood vessels in the eye that contribute to vision loss.. Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Potent antioxidant and important for eye function. Promotes healthy skin and hair. Plus
& Carotene Complex
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at high doses. Plus
As directed on label. Lutein is an antioxidant that can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radical damage. Needed for all eye disorders. The macula selectively concentrates Zeaxanthin and Lutein to levels over 1,000 times greater than those in any other body issues. And
As directed on label. Antioxidant needed for all eye disorders. The macula places Zeaxanthin in it scenter, where the greatest protection is required and which is the last to degenerate. Vitamin C
1,000 to 2,500 four times daily. Important antioxidants and necessary free radical destroyers. Required for tissue growth and repair. Prevents eye damage. Also relieves pressure from cataracts. Vitamin E 200 IU daily. An important antioxidant and free radical destroyer. Use d-alpha tocopherol form. Bilberry Extract
Gingko Biloba Extract
160 mg and up daily.
8 to 10 ounces per day.
As directed on label.
Clinical studies have shown that taking the extracts and eating fresh blueberries along with Zinc, can help halt the loss of vision. Blueberries are rich in valuable flavonoids. Treatment in early stage is most effective. Zinc 45 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Deficiency has been linked to eye disorders. Use zinc picolinate form. Plus
3 mg daily. Needed to balance with Zinc.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
People older than 45 years should receive a complete eye exam and then follow-up exams every two to four years. Visual symptoms or eye pain may not be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration. You may need prompt diagnosis and treatment of a different eye condition.
People with age-related macular degeneration should check their vision daily and promptly notify their eye care practitioner (ophthalmologist) of any changes in their vision.
See your eye care provider if you notice changes in your central vision and/or your ability to see colors and fine detail becomes impaired. These changes may be the first indication of macular degeneration, particularly if you are older than age 50.
GENERAL EYE HEALTH
If you or a family member (such as a child) is having problems distinguishing colors or find colors confusing. This member may need to be tested for color blindness.
If you or a family member are having problems with vision and/or you suspect an infection. Call your health care provider immediately if you experience severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision, such as loss of vision or double vision.
If you have any increase of symptoms. You may need frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. If you have blurred or double vision that develops slowly; are having a problem seeing because of daytime glare or have difficulty driving at night because of glare from headlights, you need to see your health care provider.
If you have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. There may be underlying health issues that need to be addressed.
If you are having vision problems that are affecting your ability to perform daily activities.
Call your child's health care provider if your baby does not look directly at or respond readily to faces or large, colorful objects by age 2 to 3 months or if your child scowls, squints, or shields his or her eyes more than expected when in sunlight, or light seems to hurt your child's eyes.
You and your family members should have your eyesight checked regularly by your health care provider to rule out any problems and to receive a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, if they are needed. Preserve you vision. It is very important.
USEFUL ONLINE LINKS
WebMD: Macular Degeneration Vitamins For Macular Degeneration Low Vision Solutions Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. The Macular Degeneration Network AMDF: American Macular Degeneration Foundation Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet Macular Degeneration International MD Support: Macular Degeneration MedlinePlus: Macular Degeneration Information Age-Related Macular Degeneration Facts The Macular Degeneration Partnership
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HerbsPro: Opticlude Orthoptic Eye Patch, Regular, Nexcare, 20 Units
Highly breathable backing - 10 times better than Coverlet brand. Comfortable to wear. Absorbent non-stick pad. Ideal for treating Strabismus (lazy eye) and for use on tender skin. Extra gentle, hypoallergenic adhesive. Regular size patches measure 3.189 inches x 2.185 inches oval (81 mm x 55.5 mm).
HerbsPro: Opticlude Orthoptic Eye Patch, Junior, Nexcare, 20 Units
Doctor recommended. Gentle to skin. Sticks well, yet removes easily. Highly breathable backing. Comfortable to wear. Absorbent nonstick pad. Ideal for treating strabismus (lazy eye) or for use on tender skin. Extra gentle, hypoallergenic adhesive.
HerbsPro: Collagen Fibre Eye Pads With Myoxinol, Instant Firming, Reviva, 1 Kit
100% native collagen; amazing salon treatment for under-eye wrinkles, pouches, dark circles. Cut into strips for more economical usage.
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Amazon: Pink Eye Relief, TRP Company, 0.33 oz.
PinkEye Relief is a homeopathic, sterile eye drop used to provide temporary relief from redness, burning, watering, inflammation, sensation of grittiness and overnight crusting in the eyes. This homeopathic formula stimulates the body's natural ability to temporarily relieve these symptoms.
Amazon: Irritated Eye Relief Drops, Similasan, 0.33-oz Bottle
Similasan's unique Active Response Formula for Pink Eye Relief stimulates the eye's natural ability to relieve the redness, watery discharge & burning associated with viral and environmental conjunctivitis. Can be used alone, or in conjunction with OTC medications and RX prescriptions. Does not contain harsh chemicals and is safe for extended use. Will not sting or burn. No known side effects or contraindications.
Amazon: Eyebright Drops, Wisdom of the Ages, 1 fl. oz.
Eyebright Drops formulated with natural ingredients for moisturizing, cleansing and rejuvenating the eyes. Contains the benefits of organic Eyebright Herb and MSM in a convenient eye drop. Eyebright Drops serves as an eye tonic to promote good eye health and reduce the discomfort associated with various ocular disorders including vision, eye strain, irritations, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and dry or weeping eyes. Eyebright naturally contains astringent compounds (agents that shrink tissues and blood), which help reduce redness and naturally brighten and enhance the beauty of the eyes.
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