Macular Degeneration News

Macular degeneration is an eye disorder that gradually develops with age. It is also sometimes called age-related macular degeneration. The macula is the part of the eye that provides sharp vision for seeing clearly, and the disorder gradually destroys this type of vision.

Macular degeneration usually develops people older than 50, and it's the leading cause of severe vision loss in that age group. There are two forms of the disease, described as “dry” macular degeneration, and "wet." The dry type affects about 90 percent of people with the eye disease.

Causes and Symptoms

Though macular degeneration tends to develop as people age, some factors put people at greater risk. They include having a family history of the disease, being of Caucasian descent and smoking.

When macular degeneration begins to occur, vision often becomes blurry or distorted, with straight lines appearing wavy. The ability to see color may also be affected, or there may be a dark or empty area in the center of your vision.

Prevention and Treatment

“Dry” macular degeneration cannot be cured, but certain behaviors early in life are believed to help prevent the disease. These include quitting smoking, exercising regularly and eating a diet rich in healthy fats, such as fish, and leafy green vegetables. Regular supplement use may also be helpful.

The rare form of “wet” macular degeneration progresses rapidly, but it can be treated if detected early. Treatment options include laser therapy or medications that seal the leaking blood vessels. The treatments do not necessarily cure the condition, but they can delay its progress.

SOURCES: U.S. National Eye Institute; American Optometric Association

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4/4/2018
8/24/2017
Supplement May Help Against Vision-Robbing Disease in Seniors

But no large studies prove the inexpensive pill slows age-related macular degeneration, eye expert says

4/27/2017
Docs May Miss Major Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

1 in 4 cases of age-related macular degeneration initially goes unrecognized, research suggests

3/16/2017
For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another

Risk of glaucoma tied to 7 or more injections for macular degeneration, study suggests

1/18/2017
Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Sight-Stealing Eye Condition

Animal tests showed fewer injections needed to treat age-related macular degeneration

5/20/2016
Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease

Treatments keeping those with macular degeneration reading and driving longer, study finds

4/12/2016
What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

They're more likely than men to lose sight from cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases, experts say

2/4/2016
High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some

The 'dry' form of the eye disease remains the leading cause of blindness in developed world

11/12/2015
Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise Against Macular Degeneration

But more research needed to confirm beneficial effects on vision disorder

10/8/2015
Carrots Do Help Aging Eyes, Study Shows

Leafy greens, brightly colored veggies such as orange peppers also may stave off macular degeneration

5/22/2015
Low-Income Southerners at Highest Risk for Vision Loss

Restricted access to eye and health care likely to blame, study authors suggest

8/15/2013
Eye Study Results May Offer New Therapy for Some Vision Loss

Findings shed light on how people with macular degeneration might learn to adapt more quickly

12/18/2012
Long-Term Aspirin Use Linked With Vision Loss: Study

But the risk doesn't outweigh the benefit of aspirin in preventing heart attacks and strokes, experts say

8/13/2012
Retinal Device Restores Sight to Blind Mice

Researchers hope to start human trials next

7/20/2012
Older Americans See Better Today, Study Finds

Improved cataract surgery techniques, less smoking may be reasons why

5/14/2012
In Rat Study, Eye Device Shows Promise for Restoring Sight

System uses combination of implanted cells and technology to send images to the brain

2/24/2012
Researchers Spot Genes Behind Macular Degeneration

The eye disease is a major cause of blindness

1/5/2012
Could Daily Aspirin Harm Seniors' Eyes?

Study found possible association between drug and age-related macular degeneration

12/19/2011
Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

Common risk factors for the eye condition

3/14/2011
Eating Fish Might Protect Your Eyesight

Study found omega-3 fatty acids linked to lower risk of age-related macular degeneration

1/10/2011
Age-Related Eye Disease Declining in U.S.

Latest figures show macular degeneration affects 6.5% of Americans over 40

12/1/2010
Can Omega-3 Foods Prevent Eye Disease in Seniors?

Those who regularly eat shellfish, fish less likely to develop macular degeneration, study suggests

10/12/2010
Newer Therapies for Eye Disorder Not Tied to Heart Problems

Avastin and Lucentis appeared to be safe in macular degeneration study

10/11/2010
Retinal Disease Treatments for Elders Doubled Over 10 Years

Procedures for older Americans increased 192% between 1997 and 2007, study finds

7/6/2010
'Miniature Telescope' for Eye Approved for Macular Degeneration

Implanted device replaces eye's natural lens

6/25/2010
Red Wine Compound Could Point to Treatment for Eye Diseases

Resveratrol appears to block harmful blood vessel growth, study finds

6/14/2010
Diet, Meds and Smoking Linked to Eye Disease Risks

Good nutrition staved off cataracts; some drugs, smoking increased vision problems, studies found

12/2/2009
In Women, Aspirin Might Ward Off Eye Trouble

Still, taking it for macular degeneration is not advised, expert says

11/9/2009
Cataract Surgery Doesn't Worsen Macular Degeneration: Study

Link likely due to fact that both eye conditions are age-related, researchers say

9/27/2009
New Treatments Hold Hope for Failing Eyes

As the U.S. ages, macular degeneration rates are expected to swell

10/17/2008
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health

A quarter haven't seen vision specialist in 2 years, survey finds

8/29/2008
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease

Compounds likely extend life of retinal cells that fight age-related macular degeneration

8/29/2008
Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age a key factor, but group cites other risks during August disease awareness month

6/13/2008
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk

High intake of fatty acid associated with reduction of both early and late AMD

3/17/2008
Study Finds Potential Cause of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Data could lead to new drugs to check vascular proliferation that is hallmark of eye disease

2/17/2008
Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care, Group Urges

February is 'Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month'

1/9/2007
Lifestyle, Genes Join to Boost Risk for Blindness in Elderly

Smoking, obesity among modifiable factors linked to age-related macular degeneration

8/28/2006
Age-Linked Vision Loss May Depend on Genes

DNA can pinpoint those at highest risk, scientists say

1/31/2005
Surgery Helps Those With Vision Loss

Procedure aids people with age-related macular degeneration

1/11/2005
Dealing With Vision Loss

Self-management program helps those with age-related macular degeneration

10/29/2004
Discovery Shines Ray of Hope on Eye Diseases

Human retinal stem cells grew in eyes of lab animals

8/13/2004
Latinos Prone to Eye Disease

Suffer more vision problems than any other ethnic group

7/25/2004
Vision Loss a Growing Threat for Many Americans

But experts say proper screening and treatment could save sight as people age

7/21/2004
Genetic Role Seen in Chief Cause of Blindness

Mutations tied to age-related macular degeneration

6/14/2004
Fruit Helps Eyes Stay Healthy

Increased consumption may prevent macular degeneration

12/28/2003
Shield Your Eyes While on the Slopes

Experts say good ski goggles are a must

11/10/2003
Vitamins Can Save Your Eyesight

Antioxidants and zinc can help stop age-related macular degeneration

7/27/2003
Thieves of Sight Await Even Those With Perfect Vision

Odds of losing eyesight to disease start growing after age 40

6/7/2003
Shield Your Eyes From the Sun

Harmful UV rays can damage vision

11/11/2002
Self-Management Course Can Help Those Losing Their Sight

Program helps people cope with age-related macular degeneration