ADVANCES IN TREATMENT OF MACULAR DEGENERATION RETURN SIGHT TO SOME

Jun 28, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Macular degeneration is a condition faced by a lot of people as they age.  It’s a loss of central vision due to damage of the retina, making it difficult or nearly impossible to read or recognize faces while some peripheral vision remains intact. Opthamalogist Doctor Rosa Braga-Mele tells the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, certain vitamins can help with the dry form of macular degeneration, as well as eating green, leafy vegetables. 

As for the ”wet” form, she explains there have been revolutionary changes the past ten years.  “In the wet form, all the blood vessels start to grow in between the layers of retina, which can really distort vision, and cause a raising of the retina causing a little mini retina detachment.  There are new injections that can be made into the eye that help absorb these blood vessels and it’s been revolutionary because now the blood vessels absorb and the patient’s retina reattaches and their vision comes back.”  Other experts say this treatment is successful in about 50 percent of patients.

 

Doctorr Braga-Mele adds that it’s important to have your eyes checked, especially if there’s a family history of age-related macular degeneration.


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