age-related macular degeneration

What You Should Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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  • Gwyn Alcock says:

    I really wanted to read this article, but your website is so mobile-unfriendly that I just gave up. I wanted to send a comment to your Webmaster, but there is no Contact info. I wanted to share a screenshot to show what it was like for me, but even the VSP dot com Contact page doesn’t have a way for me to do that. I won’t share the page or recommend it, because I won’t put my friends through this annoyance. I really regret this situation. Please fix this. Why have a blog if it can’t be read?
    Even this window for typing only allows me to see two lines at a time. Blech.

    • Patrick I. says:

      Gwyn, I’m sorry for your experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts to help us create a better user experience. We’ll be passing along your feedback.
      Thanks again,
      Patrick, VSP

    • Laurel Gallegos says:

      I have no problem reading it.

  • m mickle says:

    Something you do not cover in this informative piece is that they currently DO have treatment for “wet” MD – our mother developed this, but unfortunately the first person she sought help from missed it and by the time they found it (she went to a different doctor in the group) some damage was done. However, since then she goes 4x a year and has imaging, exams, etc and then receives treatments (shots in the eye.) That eye was kept stable, little to no further degradation, and the other eye is being treated to prevent damage as long as possible.
    Your information implies that vision loss is inevitable, seems like sooner rather than later. She has been getting these treatments for YEARS!

  • I am 63 and I have macular degeneration I had cataracts removed in both my eyes I have to see my eye doctor every year it runs in my family just like cancer it don’t just my input about losing my eye sight

  • Michael Paolucci says:

    Unfortunately this article does not site the most critical aspects of AMD. What treatment
    is available??? How effective is the treatment??

    • Patrick I. says:

      Michael,

      We cannot offer medical advice; we leave that to the experts. Your eye doctor should be able to determine the best course of action for tackling the disease. -Patrick, VSP

  • Karen Robison says:

    My mother had AMD and received the Avastin injections for years before she passed away. So far I am OK and regularly get my eye exams. Do you think that taking the AREDS vitamins helps to prevent this or not? I do take them but not sure if it makes any difference. Thank you.

  • Sue says:

    Has there been ANY progress toward finding a cure for AMD??? I was diagnosed with the condition @ the age of 38 (I am now 53). I have been taking Systane I-Caps/Once Daily for several years. I want to know if I have to continue to keep my fingers crossed every time I take one, or if there is actually some real help on the horizon. According to this article, there is a pronounced need for a acure for this condition. I come from a family in which each generation of the women is diagnosed with AMD, and, each successive generation is diagnosed at an earlier age (which is why I was diagnosed with it at age 38).

  • Helen says:

    Thanks. And while your at it, ask why your site can’t be accessed from AOL.

  • Leslie says:

    I will be having surgery tomorrow for this. It is an odd visual, almost as if you were looking through a fun house mirror. Working as an accountant, panic set in quickly. I was very surprised when I was told it was “age related”. Also, having an HMO, seems there was a total of 4 doctors I needed exams or referrals from or to, including the surgeon. First my eye doctor (who capably diagnosed the problem), then the primary care doctor who was loathe to submit a referral request on my behalf and took 9 days just to get the referral request submitted, at my constant prompting, the specialist who was just wonderful and realized the urgency of the situation, getting me scheduled for surgery within 3 days of the evaluation. And the surgeon who I will meet tomorrow. If you are over 50, still working and have the choice between an HMO and PPO, get the PPO. No point in working for your benefits if they do not benefit you. I paid $100.00 out of pocket just in exams and office visit co-pays to get this far. And I live in a major city (Chicago). I can’t help my race or age and I quit smoking 35 years ago after smoking for only 5 or 6 years. If you smoke, quit now, if you can. Help is available.

    • Kimberly says:

      Leslie, What surgery are you talking of? Unfortunately, this has hit every generation of my family. I was diagnosed in one eye at age 53 and the other eye at 56. I have never smoked and the only thing my eye doctor told me to do was to take AREDS. I do work in IT and am looking at a computer all day, and it is a struggle on some days. There was never any mention of surgery.

  • Tom says:

    I have read that taking Lutein as a supplement helps prevent AMD. Is that true?

    • Bob Sittinger says:

      My eye DR said the same thing. He recommends 10 mg per day. Ocuvite 50+ has 5, so you need to take 2 pills/day. Expensive. I found a supplement called Trunature that has 25mg. I have macroD in my right eye only. Yes, weird

  • Maria Copetas says:

    Had no trouble reading this great article on my iPhone. Thank you for the information!

  • John Slovak says:

    What’s the cure(s?)

    • Patrick I. says:

      John,

      Thanks for your note. Your eye doctor will have the best options for each individual on how to tackle the disease. -Patrick, VSP

  • lyde says:

    You might have mentioned Preservision or Occuvite. My doctor saw some indications of possible AMD (he didn’t say which) and told me to start taking Preservision. There is no history of AMD in my family that I know of.

  • Linda says:

    I have an IPhone and can read the article just fine.

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  • Teri says:

    Your article is helpful in understanding what it causes and prevention, but does not mention any cures or steps to help those already diagnosed with it. My father has this and I’d like to know what he can do to improve his condition or slow progression.
    Thank you.

    • Patrick I. says:

      Teri,

      Thank you for your feedback. We cannot offer medical advice, so we heavily encourage all of our members to see their eye doctors with questions just like yours. They should have the answers you need. Thanks! -Patrick, VSP

  • Cheryl Allen says:

    I have seen an optometrist every 2 years as my vsp insurance allows for the last 10 years. On my very recent 2 year visit, I had been having blurry vision and the right eye was seeing things all contorted. I was diagnosed with a macular hole and am scheduled for surgery.
    Im thinking that if I had been able to visit my Dr. on a YEARLY basis, perhaps this hole could have been prevented.

  • Glenn Gordon says:

    I was diagnosed with “wet” AMD 8-10 years ago in my right eye. Got a series of three shots in that eye, have been taking PreserVision AREDs ever since twice daily. Recently had cataract surgery in both eyes which helped my overall vision greatly. My AMD has been diagnosed as “stable” for several years now. I see my ophthalmologist twice yearly as well as my optometrist twice yearly. The disease has NOT been in my family history but my younger sister has the beginning symptoms. I’m 75 now & she’s 68 so we “old folks” are definitely the targets. My prayers to all inflicted.

  • Nita McClelland says:

    Be very cautious about advice you receive. I have had macular degeneration in one eye.. with no progression.. for about 10 years. Five years ago I saw a supposedly reputable surgeon who lectures all over the U.S. He said that if I didn’t receive surgery within six months I would be totally blind. Because of the requirements of the surgery (which does have risks) and my living situation I was unable to have surgery. As of today my sight has not changed. If you can hold out, there is very promising stem cell research for macular deneration being conducted in Japan, but we might not benefit here for ten more years.

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