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AMD

Let's Talk About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on the causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips about this eye disease that can make life with AMD easier.

    Our Pro PanelAMD

    We went to some of the nation's top retina specialists in ophthalmology to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Jason Hsu, M.D.

    Jason Hsu, M.D.Retina Specialist, Attending Surgeon

    Wills Eye Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA
    Raj Maturi, M.D.

    Raj Maturi, M.D.Retina Specialist, Clinical Associate Professor

    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis, IN
    Timothy G. Murray, M.D.

    Timothy G. Murray, M.D.President

    American Society of Retina Specialists
    Miami, FL
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    Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    In Your Sights: Wet AMD

    We've got all of the information you need to tackle this disease, including what to eat, questions to ask your doctor, and how to make your day a little bit easier.

    Common treatments for AMD include AREDS2 supplement,  anti-VEGF injections, and photodynamic therapy
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    Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    What Every Person Over 50 Needs to Know About AMD

    Get doctor-approved answers for all of your AMD questions.

    Risk factors for AMD: being 50+ years old, being caucasian, family history, smoking, poor diet, poor overall health
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsAMD

    Which medication is used to treat AMD?

    Of the two types of AMD, dry and wet, the only treatment currently is for wet (though a vitamin formula has been shown to help slow dry AMD progression to wet AMD). And that treatment for wet AMD? It's a medicine injected into the eye on a regular basis called anti-VEGF therapy.

    How can I prevent AMD?

    By reducing known risk factors, including smoking, eating a poor diet (eat one rich in green leafy veggies and fish instead), and weight if you’re overweight or obese. Having regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist can also help establish a baseline for your eye health.

    What is worse—wet or dry AMD?

    While wet AMD has an effective treatment, anti-VEGF therapy, it’s also the more progressive kind of AMD with symptoms, including blurry vision and distortion. Dry AMD often doesn’t progress and has limited to no symptoms, though it doesn’t have a medical treatment at the moment.

    What does AMD stand for?

    Age-related (because you’re at increased risk of having it if you’re over the age of 60) macular (because it impacts the part of the eye called the macula, located in the retina, which is in the back of the eye) degeneration (which basically means deterioration).

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    Erin L. Boyle, the senior editor at HealthCentral from 2016-2018, is a freelance medical writer and editor.