The Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

As we age, the need to start wearing glasses is not particularly surprising.  Annoying as it may be, the need for glasses is a result of the stress our eyes experience as we age.  However, some eyesight changes can denote the onset of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD); a serious ocular condition that has become the leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 or older.

It’s difficult to predict exactly how AMD will develop for each individual. The timeline and progression of AMD differs on a person-to-person basis, and the speed in which degeneration advances can be largely attributed to how a patient takes care of their eyes and overall health. It can also be noted that early detection of the disease plays a pivotal role in treatment success. Being proactive about your eye health by visiting the optometrist and knowing symptoms before they arise are the first steps in preventing vision loss.

Nevertheless, if AMD is left unchecked and untreated, it is much more likely to develop and complete the progression from the early dry stage to the more devastating wet form.

The following is an idea of how the different stages of AMD can potentially progress:

Early Stage Dry AMD

The observation of drusen is common in the early stages of dry AMD.  However, many people with early stage dry AMD do not experience reduced vision.  As a matter of fact, in many cases, early stage dry AMD patients have 20/20 vision.

This is precisely why, it is imperative to see an optometrist at least once a year.  Due to AMD’s slow and painless progression, it can go undetected for years; early diagnosis is imperative.

Intermediate Stage Dry AMD

In the intermediate stage of dry AMD, drusen become larger or irregularly shaped. It is in the intermediate stage that an AMD patient is likely to experience blurred vision and require more lighting in order to read. Blind spots or “scotomas” may begin to develop. Additionally, a person may start to have trouble deciphering different colours.

Late Stage Dry AMD

Also called “Geographic Atrophy,” in late stage dry AMD, the macula cells literally begin to die.  Large portions of central vision will become even more blurry.

Late stage dry AMD has the potential to advance into wet AMD, however, dry AMD can advance and cause vision loss without turning into the wet form. Some AMD patients never develop the wet form. Still, there is no definite way to tell if or when the dry form will progress into the wet form.

Wet AMD

Only about 10% of patients suffering from AMD have the wet form and it is far more devastating than the dry form.  Wet AMD, also known as neovascular AMD, is responsible for 90% of all blindness resulting from macular degeneration. Upon developing this form of the disease, pigment changes will begin to appear in the retina. Then, the light sensitive layer of the retina starts to break down and deteriorate more quickly.

With wet AMD, abnormal blood vessels begin to grow under the macula. Often, these vessels are fragile and will leak blood and fluid into the macula. Such leakage can cause major damage and often speeds up the loss of central vision.

Early symptoms of wet AMD are major changes in one’s vision.  For instance, sufferers may notice doorframes and walls start to appear wavy rather than straight.

Additionally, there are three sub-types of wet macular degeneration to consider. They include the following:

  •  Predominantly classic: The most aggressive form of wet AMD. Predominantly classic AMD leads to quicker vision degeneration than the other forms. 25% of all wet AMD cases are predominantly classic.1
  • Occult: With the occult form of wet AMD, leaking blood vessels are hidden beneath the fovea and are not well defined. Lesions begin to grow deep in the eye and then leak. Occult wet AMD results in the slowest rate of vision loss out of the three sub-types.1
  • Minimally classic: Slower vision loss than the predominantly classic form, but faster than occult.1

Understanding and treating AMD of any form is important. Early supplementation and health conscientiousness are your greatest defenses against the degenerative disease. You can slow down AMD’s progression.

 MacuHealth is a high-dose formulation of antioxidants and carotenoids (meso-zeaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein). Once-a-day MacuHealth can help slow the progression of vision loss and restore normal macular pigment levels.

What form of AMD do you (or your loved one) deal with? What do you do to stop the progression of the disease? Share with us.

1 http://www.mdsupport.org/library/md_description.html

154 thoughts on “The Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

  1. My husband is at risk for developing macular degeneration because of a strong family history. When he has his annual eye exam, I make sure that he asks if any macular drusen were detected – usually the first sign of dry macular degeneration.

    1. Leslie,

      You’re smart to do so. I also have a family history of MD.. I do my best to supplement , exercise and eat well in order to preserve my vision for as long as possible.

      Does your husband take any other preventative measures?

    2. I too was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in December of 2013. I was told “it is in the beginning stages, come back in a year” Leslie, I too am an R.N. and my dry turned wet in approximately 2 -3 months. I was told and experienced that dry can turn into wet very quickly. Be aware of ANY visual change and see your doc immediately.

  2. As an AMD sufferer with both dry (right eye) and wet (left eye) I just want to thank you for this Blog and I look forward to reading it and gaining information. I’m doing all the right things but know that deterioration is taking place. It is good to know what help is out there for the future especially where reading is concerned. Keep up the good work.,

    1. Hi Anne,

      So glad you enjoy the blog. I am also glad to hear that you’re taking step towards slowing the progression of your condition. May I ask what kinds of things are you doing to preserve your vision? Supplements? Diet? Frequent check-ups? Keep us posted!

      I agree that the latest advancements in technology and medicine look promising for those with AMD. Good luck going forward, Anne! Glad to have you as a reader.

      1. Recently diagnosed with slight amount of hard drusen in both eyes at my annual eye exam, optometrist sending me to a retinal specialist. My father, uncle and cousin have AMD and are now blind, one completely other two legally but severe loss. I am a life long vegetarian, life long NON smoker, dark eyed caucasian, regular exercise, began supplementing with the Ocuvite vitamins immediately upon hearing my fathers, diagnosis and have always been thin. In reading your blogs I am gaining knowledge, wondering if any of you have any further advice, suggestions you could share with me.

    2. Hi everyone,

      I am a single mother of a seven year old daughter, I’m 42 years old and doing a degree to become a learning specialist to help children with dyslexia – and Ive just been diagnosed with early stage AMD. Ive never smoked, have no family history of this, just bad luck I guess. Anyway, it’s really scary because I am working to build a future I may not get to have. What are the advances in technology, especially for reading, that you are talking of? I plan to keep studying and hope for the best. Hopefully if it develops slowly, by then they will have a cure!

      1. Hi Cheryl. Sorry to hear this. One way to help slow AMD is to supplement with a particular combination of macular carotenoids. Specific carotenoids including zeaxanthin, lutein and meso-zeaxanthin work together synergistically in the back of the eye to help improve macular protective pigment (the yellow, protective colouring in front of the macula). It also helps filter blue light. MacuHealth’s 10-10-2mg formula has been shown to improve MPP and issues with glare and contrast sensitivity in just six months for many individuals. Ask your doctor whether it would be right for you.. And please let us know if you have any more questions. Thanks for reading!

      2. My recommendation is to regularly see the best retina specialist you can find, preferably one that sees patients in clinic and does retina research as well.

      3. Hi Cheryl,
        I’m so sorry to hear this is happening to you. How has your journey with it been so far? I can definitely relate. I’m also 42 and a self- employed single mother recently diagnosed a month ago with AMD. Although this is tragic, it’s comforting to know I’m not alone. I’m just started to take Preservision Areds 2, and have changed my diet, and am drinking a tea called Tea of Life that helps with overall health. It’s worth checking out!

      4. Cheryl,
        I was diagnosed about 6 months ago with early AMD. I was 45, now I am 46 and just got a second opinion. Basically the same diagnosis but the specialist said it could be macular dystrophy and at this point just have yearly check ups to see if there are any changes. I am wondering what “slow progressing” actually means for someone in their 40’s. It IS scary. I am trying not to worry until next year to see if anything has changed.

  3. Glad to share my case with you ,on Jan 2012 I was Diagnosed some Degeneration of macula & posterior pole (H35.3) and I started treatment in my left eye by intravitreal injection, I am visiting my doctor every 6 month to take the same injection, I still don’t know if my case Wet or Dry because I refuse to take the test by injecting color liquid in my veins.
    I would like to have an advice if I should, and if there is any side effects
    Thank you

    1. Hi Nabih,

      Thanks for reading and sharing your journey with us. I had contrast dye injections a few years ago for an injury and saw no side effects. I believe that typically the only side effect is (potential) constipation. Consult with your doctor about this to be sure, however.

      You may want to think about the benefits of knowing whether your condition is in it’s early or late stages. Such information can help your doctor prescribe you optimal treatment. Of course, it is up to you. Again, discuss the benefits and side effects of this test thoroughly before making your decision. Best of luck.

    2. Dear Nabih, I have had the intra venous injection you speak of three times. At the outset it was able to tell my doctor that I did indeed have wet AMD in one eye and dry AMD in the other. There are no side effects except perhaps a little yellowing of the urine. Nothing to be frightened of and no side effects. The other times were before laser treatment to the wet AMD in my left eye. I have an Avastin injection into my left eye every five weeks which is working well and preserving the partial sight I have in that eye. I take supplements daily for my other eye. These are especially to help with dry AMD. There is this blog with lots of info and on the Internet. Good luck! Anne Raal

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thank you for reading amdblog.org. So glad to hear you’re eating a healthy diet. A proper diet contains antioxidants that protect against oxidation (part of the process of AMD).. Greens- as you mentioned- particularly dark leafy veggies like spinach and kale provide a heaping dose of said antioxidants.. Bright coloured fruits and veggies like corn and red peppers contain carotenoids which are also necessary for eye health. However, don’t rely strictly on your diet to get all of the carotenoids you require. It’s simply not possible. The third, most important carotenoid called meso-zeaxanthin- is not available via regular western diet (There are small traces of it in shrimp). You should consider adding an eye supplement to go along with your healthy diet.

  4. I have had dry AMD for almost 10 years. After my last dye test I was told that I would have to start taking the eye needles next week. I am a bit afraid of the thought of having a needle injected into my eye. Should I be? They say it will be frozen and I wont feel anything. I would appreciate your input.

    1. Hi Gloria,

      It’s perfectly normal to be a bit nervous before such a procedure. However, though it seems invasive, it’s truly not as bad as most think. In fact, many patients experience only minimal discomfort during this injection. (Common side effects can include increased eye pressure, headache and small specks in vision.) During the procedure, just try to breathe and count backwards from ten if you’re feeling increasingly nervous!

      Keep us posted on your progress, Gloria! Good luck to you.

      1. I had that injection on Monday. The anticipation is far worse than the actuality. Believe me,I only felt a “pressure” NO pain.

        1. Hi Annie! Thanks for the update. Wow, we find that almost difficult to believe. But that’s so awesome! When will you have your next injection? Glad to hear it went so smoothly.

          1. I have had several more since August. My vision has improved. I am scheduled for angiography and another injection in January.

          2. I receive any injection every 5 weeks. In January 2015 I will get an injection and also have an angiogram. I also need the cataract removed from my right eye.

  5. I am 38 yrs old and was diagnosed with dry amd 4 days ago. I am so scared. I am doin what the doctor told me, quitting smoking, taking vitamins, and ordered my glasses. There are somany things I still want to experience with my daughters.

    1. Hi Talena, be sure to continue to do what your doctor advises. The latest advancements in technology and medicine look promising for those with AMD. Good luck going forward.

    2. Talena I am relieved to see another younger person on here, it makes me feel not so alone. I dont know if you will notice this post but I was wondering how it is going for you? !d rather have been diagnosed at 60 and have more time up my sleeve.

  6. Hello – I am writing in regards to my mother who was diagnosed at 50 yrs. old with MD. She did well for 35 yrs. and at age 85 her vision declined considerably. She was diagnosed with GA – Geographic Atrophy. She eats well, exercises and takes supplements to maintain what eyesight she has left. The problem falls within the supplement area. She has spent thousands of dollars on supplements over the years and she won’t stop. She falls for every snake oil salesman’s pitch and I don’t know where the supplements come from half the time. She never stays with one type – but always looking for the ‘cure’. She has heart problems too and I worry about what she is taking. She is very secretive about some of the supplements, but has agreed to take ‘a’ bottle with her when we see the retina specialist in September. I can’t keep up with her and I worry constantly. Talking to her does NOT help in the slightest. She goes behind my back and gets more secretive. Any suggestions??

    1. Hello Nymima, you should know what supplements your mother is taking and more importantly what other pills she may have been prescribed by her doctor for other ailments so everyone knows what is being mixed together. Try to stay on top of what she is taking and learn about the supplements and their ingredients. If possible, you should go with her to her next doctors appointment and ask the doctor to include you on any discussions about what she is taking.

    2. Hi Nymima,
      You said your mom did well for 35 years. What do you mean? Did her disease advance during that time or was she able to prevent it from progessing?

  7. I always attend her doctor appts. I plan on bringing up the supplement situation. It won’t stop her however. She won’t listen to the doctor unless he says something that really hits home. If he says Lutein is going to help her, she will find a supplement that has the most Lutein in it – even if it is not in her best interest to have the most potent amount. She feels she kept her eyesight for 35 years after diagnosis by eating right and using supplements. She is too stubborn to trust anyone else – even though her sight has declined in the past two years. I just wish she would be more a peace with this and listen to the professionals.

    1. Hi S Brown. That’s a great question. AMD is certainly treatable if caught early. Actually, AMD treatment should start before any warning signs at all, especially if the individual has a family history of the condition.

      Supplements like MacuHealth have shown dramatic results in reversing and stopping AMD when taken early on.

      So, to answer your question- yes, it’s very possible to halt AMD and prevent serious vision loss by improving nutrition, visiting the ophthalmologist regularly, quitting smoking, avoiding UVA/UVB rays and improving overall health.

      Good luck and be sure to keep us posted on your progress & results!

  8. I’m only 36 yrs old and have reduced vision just on my left eye recently, particularly a dark grey circle about 1 – 2 centimeters big in diameter. I hope it is not AMD as i have not reached 50.

    1. Hi Derrick. Have you discussed your symptoms with an ophthalmologist or optometrist? If you’ve not had an eye exam in some time I recommend you visit your doctor as SOON as possible. Moreover, have you experienced other visual problems such as blurred or wavy vision?

      1. Thank you for your kind advice :)
        I was quite worried after reading some of the comments in this blog, and knowing the seriousness I quickly got a referral from my gp to see an ophthalmologist. Thankfully I was diagnosed as having central serous retinopathy, not as serious as AMD.

        1. You’re very welcome. What a relief it must be to know that you don’t have AMD. (Continue reading the blog for tips on how to prevent and spot AMD symptoms as it can show itself at any time!)

    2. Hi, on the 16th December I had very similar symptoms, a large grey blob just off centre of my vision if I was looking straight ahead in my left eye only. Having suffered with migraines for years I put it down to that but after a few days I hadn’t developed a headache and the vision disturbance hadn’t developed as it normally would. On the 20th I saw my GP who phoned the on call ophthalmologist at the hospital who said given my symptoms it was prob a floater but they’d see me on the 23rd. At that appt I was told that they couldn’t see anything worrying with my eye but they’d review me on the 30th. I then went home and googled brain tumours and my symptoms as you’d expect most people to do (I knew it wasn’t a floater). By the 30th my corrected visual acuity in my left eye had deteriorated from 6/4 to 6/36 and I’d developed a further grey blob dead central with peripheral blurring. At that appt the same guy said he’d get someone else to look as I’d said my symptoms were worse (having already looked himself and not noted anything much) and the next guy said within 30sec it was my macular and I needed an OCT and review. I had those the next day and was told I needed injections and it was my macular and after further questioning I finally got told I have progression myopic macular degeneration which is like wet AMD. The rest I had to research myself. So tomorrow I am off for this injection. Fingers crossed huh

      1. Wow, Carrianne. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Such a diagnosis can be frightening indeed. Did you not notice a great deterioration in your vision prior to this ‘dark spot??..Also- will you be getting Lucentis shots? I hope the injection went well- please keep us posted on how you’re doing with treatment etc.

        1. Hi, i had only just had my vision screened in the September following a corneal ulcer and my vision was possibly the best it had ever been corrected. I had no warning signs leading up to the initial grey blob appearing on the 16th December.

          I had my first Lucentis injection last Wednesday and have a further two planned for feb and march. It was an experience, let’s put it that way. I have had a decrease in the grey blobs in my vision but I have what I can only describe as a sparkling effect in my vision, and big grey area still to the left lateral of centre which flashes and pulses at times and constantly have peripheral flashing like someone is stood to the side of me with a camera taking pics.

          I’m still not entirely clear on the driving side of things, no one has even mentioned it to me. As far as I’m aware, the dvla say you don’t have to disclose if it only affects one eye…. I’m not driving at the moment and I certainly won’t drive in low light/night time because my night vision and distinguishing between similar colours is awful. I also struggle to see rear lights on cars from a distance in the dark. Day time and good light I feel I would be safe to drive and certainly wouldn’t say that if I didn’t truly believe it because I have kids and I wouldn’t risk them in the car if I believed there was even the inkling of a chance I wasn’t safe to drive.

          1. Hi Carrianne- Thanks for updating us on your situation. Sounds like you’ve been through a lot the last few days/weeks. Was the Lucentis injection painful? Further, perhaps you’d find some relief from the ‘sparkling and peripheral flashing’ in your vision with some amber/yellow coloured glasses which you can wear both indoors and out? They could also help with glare if you do choose to drive during the day… Also- I should say that I respect and back your decision not to drive at night.. Too risky, like you said. Will you begin to use transit or do you have a reliable person to drive you around? Just curious! Thanks again for sharing & so glad to hear your vision has somewhat improved since your first injection.. Promising news. :)

          2. I had three lucentis injections; January, February and March and was reviewed in April and all being well I currently have no active bleeding vessels. My visual acuity has drastically improved from what I was managing before I was diagnosed, though I have been left with really large floaters (imagine wearing glasses and the blur of a bug walking across your lens constantly) and I have a large patch in my vision which constantly glistens and some visual field defect at about the 10 o’clock position from centre. I have just bought new wrap around sunglasses, but because of my myopic prescription I have had to invest in the most expensive pair of sunglasses I’ve ever owned (sport type with inserts rather than prescription lenses due to my prescription), I do own normal prescription sunglasses but they offer no protection to the sun glaring through the sides and from the top. I am to have a further review in June, however I move house next week and so have to wait to be referred into the system in Scotland……

          3. Hi Carianne. Glad to hear the good news. Though the floaters must be tough to deal with. It’s going to be vital to wear said sunglasses often for the preservation of your vision. Will you be receiving any more Lucentis injection in the upcoming months?

          4. My last scan showed everything as being stable, so for now it’s regular check ups and further injections if my eyesight continues to deteriorate. My optician suggested putting a copy of there amsler grid on the fridge and every few days looking at it and recognising early symptoms such as the lines on the amsler grid becoming distorted.

          5. What a relief it must be to hear that things are stable for the time being. Do you take carotenoids or supplements for your eyes at this time? Did you doctor say whether a neutriceutical would be beneficial? Interested to hear! Be well!

          6. Well here I am, 6wks after my last review (I should’ve been seen ages before however I moved to scotland and had to be re-referred to the Scottish nhs system which despite its name, isn’t as closely linked to the English nhs as people might think, so I had my first review since April in October. My second review was scheduled for December however 5-6 days ago I noticed the same symptoms as when this first started in December last year. Flashing blobs in my vision off centre, same area as last time, gradually getting bigger and darker as the days go on. I booked an appointment with the optician and got seen the same day and retinal photography confirmed what I already knew….that my vision is deteriorating again, most likely still due to the macular degeneration. I’m lucky as my central vision is not the worst area, it’s being encroached upon though. So I’m off for an urgent ophthalmology appointment today to see what is going on, whether I need more lucentis injections etc. Not even a year since this started…. It’s back again. After being told that it was very unlikely it would ever recur.

          7. After doing a 4hr round trip to the eye clinic 3wks out of the last 4, at my last appointment after many different tests, OCT, retinal photography, colour photography, other scans, visual fields testing, the hospital doesn’t think I ever had progressive myopic macular degeneration because I’m not myopic enough for that. They’ve now diagnosed me with punctate inner choroidopathy which apparently is rare and most commonly found in young myopic females. They think the injections weren’t the reason my eye improved last time and just that it was because the inflammation resided. They’ve told me there is no treatment for this condition and that they could try high dose steroids however it’s not a proven treatment and with high dose steroids comes the risk of weight gain and depression. So for now I am left with the abnormalities in my vision and to see what changes are seen within the next 3 mths and review at a clinic closer to home rather than a 4hr round trip! At the scans they said I had wide spread abnormalities on a photoreceptor level and abnormal visual field however no mention made to being unfit to drive. So for now, I wait and hope my vision starts inproving because it is really squiffy in my left eye, I see things then don’t see them, everything flashes and moves etc.

  9. Hi Derrick! Happy to hear you’re finding the blog useful.. Let us know what you think of our other articles and be sure to share anything that you find particularly useful. :)

  10. Thank you for this blog. I am a 42 year old African American female. I was recently diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in both eyes. It was first suspected in a routine annual exam. The thought of having this at such an early age is very troublesome. I would love to talk to others who was diagnosed at such an early age.

    1. Hello April,
      Thanks for reading! Glad you found the blog helpful. Though I am sure it is troubling to be diagnosed at such a young age– find solace in the fact that your doctor caught the disease in its early stages! This is certainly a blessing in disguise. You sound like the perfect candidate for MacuHealth. MacuHealth will help you maintain and even improve your macular pigment (AKA your internal sunglasses) and slow the progression of the disease significantly. Were you able to read this article yet?: http://www.amdblog.org/macular-degeneration/how-macuhealth-saved-my-sight-from-macular-degeneration/

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulty processing the diagnosis. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

  11. Hi let you know that I am diagnosed with cataract, glaucoma and myopic macular degeneration. I am 50 years old. I born profoundly deaf because of rubella – affect my eyes. I am non smoker.

    Please let me know what is myopic macular degeneration and will lose my sight slowly? Retinal specialist is not much to explain me very clearly. He said “age”.

    1. Hi Carol. Sorry to hear of your circumstances. Myopic Macular Degeneration occurs in people who are severely near sighted due to elongation of the eyeball. The condition can result in tears in the macula and bleeding beneath the retina. Sometimes the condition can be treated with therapies and it is thought to be less severe than age-related macular degeneration often times– Ask your doctor about potential therapies for myopic macular degeneration and whether dealing with the cataracts would improve your vision.

      In the meantime, adjusting your house to be ‘more low vision friendly’ could be helpful. Here is a list of our favourite tips:http://www.amdblog.org/macular-degeneration/safety-first-room-by-room-tips-for-those-with-low-vision/

      Thanks again for reading and please keep us updated on your progress.

      1. Hi,

        I have cataract surgery on my right last June it went well but after few days after surgery that I have blurry in the back of my retina. Retinal specify told me.
        I had a work accident after a fall last September because I did not see bottom that I have a eye problem. I forget to tell you that I have open angle glaucoma for 15 years.
        Just before Christmas last year. My local GP told me that my right vision will deteriotrate slowly because of macular degeneration.
        I am very lucky that we go to Deafblind camp next month. We went there last February and love it.
        My left vision are not good and a little blind since birth and 3 cataract surgeries. It called macular scars.

        Please let me know

        God bless you. carol

  12. Hi,

    Thank you for your reply. I am having a cataract surgery on my right on Monday week I was young I have 3 cataract surgeries on my left but not developed well.

    Will let you update news. Thanks

    God bless you

    Carol

      1. Hi,

        I have cataract surgery on my right last June it went well but after few days after surgery that I have blurry in the back of my retina. Retinal specify told me.
        I had a work accident after a fall last September because I did not see bottom that I have a eye problem. I forget to tell you that I have open angle glaucoma for 15 years.
        Just before Christmas last year. My local GP told me that my right vision will deteriotrate slowly because of macular degeneration.
        I am very lucky that we go to Deafblind camp next month. We went there last February and love it.
        My left vision are not good and a little blind since birth and 3 cataract surgeries. It called macular scars.

        Please let me know

        God bless you. carol

  13. I am glad I found you. I was diagnosed two years at age 55 ago by my general ophthalmologist. Two Wills Eye specialists were not convinced it was AMD — until my last visit a few weeks ago. As a writer and editor — and relatively young for this — I am distressed. It is good to hear there is hope.

    1. Pat- Of course there’s hope. Many (including my Grandfather), Stephen King and Judi Dench have all done well post diagnosis. The key is to do everything you can to stop the progression of the disease. Of course, 55 is relatively young to see AMD on-set, but it does still happen. What’s your diet/supplementation and treatment strategy look like?

      By the way- thanks for reading and sharing your story.

  14. Preservision. FIsh, Colorful diet — spinach, etc. Any other suggestions? And thanks for the support. See general optha on Friday. Never suspected AMD, baby cataracts and possible gluacoma. The irony — I used to consult for Overbook School for the Blind.

  15. I just was diagnosed with wet AMD and had first eye injection on Wed. At this point two more are planned one month apart. I would like to know how effective the eye injections have been for others.

    1. Hey Nancy, thanks for sharing. I’m interested in the same thing. I am curious as to how effective Lucentis really is. If it’s helping folks, that’s fantastic. But otherwise- I’ve heard it’s very expensive. True?

      1. Lucentis is expensive and I have been receiving Avastin injections for almost 5 years. I think it depends on where you live and the type of medical coverage you have. From what my doctor has told me the two drugs have very similar effect but obviously it needs to be discussed with your doctor. Avastin has helped stem the deterioration of my wet AMD in my left eye. I know friends who have refused the injection which seems stupid to me but evidently the thought of an injection in the eye to them is abhorrent. It is of course virtually painless.

        1. Anne- THANK YOU for your feedback! How is your vision now post injections? Has your vision maintained since you’ve been receiving them? Curious as to how well you can see these days? Thanks again for sharing and GOOD LUCK with everything else!

          1. Hey Annie! Thanks for keeping us up to date. Did you find the injection at all painful or uncomfortable? When are you due for your next injection — did your doctor specify how many times you might need to come in for a shot?

          2. Curious about this as well..and IF SO, could you tell us how long before you noticed the improvement? VERY interested!

          3. I had my first injection ( Eylea) a week ago and go back for 2nd Sept 23. Left eye Wet and right eye Dry Doc said takes 90 days to see any effects and that we will evaluate treatment after that. I am still scared about losing my vision as my mother had the wet and lost her central vision in both eyes. My Doctor assures me this is now treatable and that I won’t lose my vision.

          4. Hi Nancy! I’m happy to hear that your doctor is upbeat about your situation. In the meantime, are you taking any nutritional supplements? Doing anything different with your diet? Perhaps you have protective eyewear? I’m all about patients doing EVERYTHING they can to help stop the progression.

          5. Yes . I have been taking MacuHealth vitamins for over a year, wear cocoon sunglasses with the amber tint whenever I’m out and do try to watch what I eat . I also just ordered the book on the eye diet. Is there anything else I can do ? Thank you.

          6. Hi Nancy! I love that you’re being so pro-active and doing EVERYTHING in your power to preserve your precious vision. That really is the key word- PRESERVE. Once it’s gone it’s extraordinarily difficult to get it back. We must play a solid DEFENSE in many cases of AMD. You’re so smart to take MacuHealth. To be honest, it sounds like you’re doing most everything you can to save your vision. You could also perhaps consider wearing your protective eyewear when on the computer, phone or tablet for long periods of time. Of course, don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke. Be sure to exercise regularly as well (What’s good for the heart is often good for the eyes :) )… Limit your carb intake (i’m sure you know this) and finally, see your eye doctor REGULARLY. You can also do yourself a favour by monitoring your vision’s progression by performing daily Amsler Grid tests. You can print one out, here: http://www.amdblog.org/macular-degeneration/the-amsler-grid

          7. Hi
            Dr notice that after the 4th visit. On my 5th visit he order another ejection.
            Now after one year from the last visit I will go on Oct for a checkup.
            Hope you will feel better.

          8. The injection did not hurt at all. The thought and nticipation was far worse than the actual procedure. My next injection will be on October 1st. How many times I will be going depends on how the macular responds.

          9. Hi again Annie.. I feel that’s the case for many… nerves and anticipation make the whole thing a lot worse.

          10. Hi, I had lucentis injections in January, February and March this year, and pretty much got back most of my visual loss. I was reviewed in April and all was said to be quiet with no active disease noted. I should’ve then been reviewed after 2months but moved away and had to be re-referred. I was seen in October and all was good still, no signs of active disease. 6wks post this review though I noticed a deterioration in my vision and saw the optometrist who confirmed fluid leaking into the back of my eye of centre to myacular as it was before…. Why it’s happened I have no idea, I was told the chances of recurrence were extremely low…. Am I just unlucky perhaps? I have a review today brought forward from when it was meant to be to assess what’s goingvmon now and what else needs doing. I’m 34 and never been told definitively what’s diagnosis was…. Progressives myopic macular degeneration, wet AMD, retinal lesion… It’s all been blasted about. I’m not a high myopic, I’m classed as intermediate, my prescription below -6.00 so who knows! I wish you well in your treatment.

  16. Hi everyone how do you know if it’s wet or dry? At age 26 I went to my first optometrist for an exam and was referred to a specialist due to the drusen in my eyes. My vision was better than 20 20 except for my right eye in some situations could use a .25 prescription like night driving and I’m sensitive to light. I went to a top university retina specialist they said it was unclear the cause but I did have more drusen on the right side. 4 years later I went to an optometrist again for an exam and still have not worn glasses because I really don’t need them and drs say I’m fine without filling the rx, they again recommended night driving glasses only if desired mostly for the anti glare, but said I still had better than perfect on my left and perfect on my right but we’re alarmed at the drusen. Just went in today to another specialist and the opthomologist said it’s actually more like to cause vision impairment on my left since it’s closer to the pupil although the right has more. I don’t just have a few I have a lot and did 4 years ago too. The dr four years ago believed they could be birth marks or scars or anything and they were experts so then this dr just said it’s drusen. I’m in skin care and we call any skin disorder a lesion I’m under the impre÷?I amssion that drusen is similar to a lesion. They don’t really know what it is its just there and there can be many types and causes. I fully believe I will keep my great vision most of my life. Anyway back to how do they know if it’s soft or hard?

    1. Hi Miss B! Thanks for writing us and thanks for your question. In regards to hard drusen vs soft- it’s important to know which you’re dealing with. Hard drusen are rather small with sharp borders and they are actually less harmful. In fact, they may or may not indicate early AMD.. As for soft drusen, they appear larger with less of an obvious border to them. They are more cause for concern than hard drusen because they interfere with waste products and oxygen getting to the macula efficiently.. essentially, your doctor should be able to determine which you have just by their appearance. Did your MD not mention which they detected? VERY interested in your case, please keep us updated on your progress!

  17. I am 67 and have been diagnosed with wet degeneration of macula and posterior pole. An angiogram didn’t show any vascular involvement but I’ve had three, monthly injections of Avistan anyway. No change. An Ozurdex pellet implant has been recommended but with only a 50% success rate, regression when it wears off (usually 6 – 8 months), raised intraocular pressure (which could lead to glaucoma) and the risk of cataracts, I’m not sure that I want to go that way! . I’ve been on Diamox for 4 weeks and I can see a difference when I look at an Amsler Grid. I think the swelling has reduced. Will only know for sure on 4 December when I go back to the ophthalmologist. Retisert has also been suggested. Decisions, decisions!

    1. Hi Silvia. Wow, it looks like you have some big decisions to make. Is continuing with the seemingly effective Avistan an option at this point or does your MD feel another route is necessary?

      1. No – sadly there was no improvement with the Avistan injections. :-( I think there has been an improvement with the Diamox but, Wow, it has some nasty effects! Although Diamox is supposed to prevent acute mountain sickness at high altitudes, I have been suffering with dizziness and vertigo since I started it!

        1. Sorry to hear, Silvia.. You’re taking the Diamox for AMD? Is your doctor suggesting it as a long term treatment? Please elaborate..

          1. No – it is a temporary solution to reduce the swelling until we decide on the way forward. A month ago the scan showed that instead of two hills with a valley (fovea) in between, I had a Mount Fuji in my right eye with a large, dark cyst and numerous smaller cysts in the macula. I’m almost sure this has been reduced but until they find the cause of the fluid, the swelling will probably come back.

  18. Hi. I’m 58 and was diagnosed with drusen when I was 45, but not AMD at that time. I have had annual ophthamology visits since then where they continued to say “yup, you have drusen” but nothing more than that. While in Mexico recently I got floaters/flashes and immediately saw an opthamologist there. Luckily, she saw no tears, but advised me to visit a retina specialist when I returned to the US because of irregularities on my retinas. She emphasized to not just see my regular ophthamologist, but a retina specialist. I did so, and was diagnosed with ARMD intermediate stage, both eyes, macular pucker in one eye. She also saw PPA in both eyes, and said there is atrophy peripherally in one eye. I am pretty freaked out, especially in light of the fact that my regular ophtamologist never referred me to a retina specialist or diagnosed me and I doubt it got this pronounced in the past year. Unfortunately I was so freaked out at the doc’s office I didn’t ask her to explain the scans she had up in the office and I would love someone to go over them with me. The retinas have white blotches everywhere. I’m starting to relax a tiny bit. Taking my AREDS2 vitamins and as always, wearing sunglasses and a hat, but other than that they say “relax”. Right… Sure…

    1. I also have very high myopia (fixed with LASIK) -9 in one eye, -12.75 in the other. She said i have “progressive myopia”, but didn’t say the ARMD is related to that or not. It’s confusing, because I know it can be related to that.

    2. Hi Vickie,

      I’m very sorry to hear about your current condition. It sounds like you’ve learned some pretty frightening things in the last little while. However, it’s important to try to stay as calm as possible. Stressing out too much will only do you further harm. The ‘white blotches’ you describe on your scans are likely the drusen, which your doctor is monitoring. For peace of mind, be sure to monitor your own visual changes at home each day with an Amsler grid (if you’re not already) , which you can find and print, here: http://www.amdblog.org/macular-degeneration/the-amsler-grid/ .. Also, be diligent about eating a healthy diet rich in leafy greens and continue to adhere to your doctor’s specific orders. Speaking of which, next time you do visit your ophthalmologist, make sure you’re armed with a list of questions you’d like answered.. It can be all too easy to get sort of ‘caught up’ at doctor’s appointments, causing us to forget exactly what it was we wanted to discuss… Also, as you mentioned, wearing sunglasses whenever possible is crucial when it comes to protecting eyes from further damage. Have you considered BluTech lenses? Essentially, they are yellow colored lenses that you can wear indoors to soothe eyes and further protect them from harmful high energy blue light. (Fluorescent lighting, computer screens, electronics)..I swear by mine for computer use!.. Thanks again for reading, Vickie and do keep us updated on your progress! Sending positive vibes your way! :)

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  20. Hi, I am 39 years old, and about 3 weeks ago my vision in my left eye started to look like it was smudged. I let it go for a couple weeks thinking there was something in my eye. It quickly progressed (over the last few days) to get me to the ophthalmologist. I was referred to a retina specialist the next morning and received a diagnosis of wet AMD. Apparently this is extremely rare for someone of my age, otherwise healthy and no genetic history. I received an injection of Avastatin that day. It has been 5 days and my vision has deteriorated even more. Is this normal? Particularly, looking through the windshield of a car makes me car sick because it is exceptionally blurry. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Is there anything I can do shy of patching my affected eye? I currently work as an RN and am not sure if I can really work in my current condition.

    1. Hi Jenn- Sorry to hear of your current situation. Indeed, your condition is extremely rare, especially at your age. However, I have certainly heard of this occurring. The tricky thing about AMD’s progression is that it progresses differently for each individual case. Some may live years with only minor changes in vision, never progressing to wet AMD at all while others lose sight at a more rapid pace. You might do well to contact a low vision specialist in your area who can help you to adjust and cope with the sudden loss. Please do keep us updated on your progress, Jenn. All the best.

  21. Is it possible for someone to remain in the early stage of Macular Degeneration, never progessing to the next stage? Does that ever happen?

    1. Hi Barabara! Thanks for coming to the blog, that’s a great question. The fact is that AMD develops differently in different people. Some individuals never progress to wet AMD and some don’t notice significant loss over a long period of time. Many can help slow the progression of vision loss further by eating right, exercising, wearing special sunglasses and being diligent about visiting the eye physician.. Were you (or a loved one) recently diagnosed?

  22. Yes. I was diagnosed with early stage macular degeneration December 2014. I’m 56 years old and petrified. I have major anxiety. Although I must admit, prior to the diagnoses I had anxiety issues already and can’t help but wonder if that contributed to the MD. I’m currently taking the AREDS 2 vitamins and supplement them with additional vitamin C (2000 mg) vitamin D (2000 mg) Omega 3’s (5 grams which include EPA 1800 mg. DHA 1360 mg. and 240 mg of other Omega’s) Lutein 25 mg. with 2.5 mg of Meso-Zeaxanthin) and vitamin E 400 IU. I use to take CO-Q10 but stopped when I received the macular degeneration diagnoses because I don’t know if it will interfer with the Lutein. What are your thoughts about all the above and what about the supplement called Astaxanthin? It’s a very powerful antioxident but my concern is that it might compete with the Lutein?? I don’t know what I’m doing really. Still in shock. :(

    1. Hi Barabara. Thanks for your question. In fact, astaxanthin is not relevant to the retina and there is very limited research in regards to its effects on AMD. However, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin have been studied thoroughly and have been found to be extremely efficient in the slowing and/or prevention of AMD. Curious- what kind of symptoms have you been experiencing thus far?

  23. I have no symptoms. I understand everyone is different and the progression is individualized but have you ever heard of someone with early stage to remain at this stage?

  24. Oh and three more questions- what is the harmful light from electronics called. You know, the light from televisions, computers and iPhones. It’s UV something or blue light? Don’t know.
    And I made a mistake.. I’m taking Zeaxanthin Isomers (5mg). What is the Isomers part and what’s the difference between that and Meso-Zeaxanthin?
    Thanks in advance!

  25. Gosh I’m just a bunch of questions now.. Regarding the blue light. Am I correct in thinking it’s the televisions, computers and iPhones? How would I protect myself from those harmful rays? I already ware glasses so what would I do? I’m sorry for all these questions. Please forgive me.

    1. Hi Barbara! No problem. In regards to the blue light, you are right to think that it is omitted from such screens. I would recommend you buy yourself a pair of Blu-Tech lenses (They are RX’able), which help to filter blue light (380-420 mm) and soothe tired eyes. They are slightly yellow in colour and are great for indoor or outdoor use.

  26. Those Blu-Tech lenses are very hard to find. Nobody in my area or my surrounding area has ever even heard of them and wants to instead sell me Crizal Prevencia lenses which is my understanding are only anti reflective. What are your thoughts? I don’t want to make a mistake.

    Thanks!

    1. Google “Blu-Tech lense”. They are available and the locations where they are found will come up when you put in your zip code. I did read up on them. My findings were they “may” be helpful. I am going to speak to my opthalmologist .. a good idea for you to do the same.

      1. Hi.. I wonder if the Coppertone lenses may be helpful? I called Blu-Tech in Arizona. Spoke to a gentlemen in sales who gave me a couple of leads, (phone numbers) but when I made those calls I was told they do not have Bu-Tech lenses as of yet. It’s very discouraging to say the least. Why would a sales rep for the company tells who sells them when they don’t? Anyways.. My only other option is the Coppertone Polarized lenses which I’m still trying to educate myself about. I found this helpful link http://mobile.visionmonday.com/article/10-products-that-block-blue/
        Hope it works.

    2. Hi Barbara! That’s unfortunate. You can always visit their website to get more information. BluTech Lenses provide protection from UV rays and harmful high-energy blue light without altering or distorting color perception, which is really what sets them apart. Check out their website, here: http://www.blutechlenses.com

    3. Being an optician I thought I might give you some info on blutech lenses and prevencia anti reflective. There are differences between them. So for the bluetech lenses they do protect against blue light from computers, cell phones etc., however the downside is they block too much and cause s!eepless nights because it prevents development of melatonin which aids in helping you sleep. As for prevencia I do have it on my lenses and it does not cause me any sleep issues. There have been studies with proven facts about the sleep problems with blutech. A coworker complained about not sleeping well so we told her not to wear her blutech lenses for 1 week and sure enough within 3 days she was sleeping much better. Hope this helps you decide.

  27. Just told I have drusen in both eyes . I have been noticing a blurred spot in left eye central vision . Was told I had a cataract in that eye. Dr ” thinks” it’s the cataract not the AMD? Was told to buy mega vitamin supplement PNR MACULAR VITAMINS.have you heard of these? Also my mom has AMDshe is 84. Getting eye injections . I’m not sure if I do have AMD or not?? She was evasive with answer ? Just kept saying I have drusen in both eyes. Does having drusen mean you do indeed or will in the future have AMD? I am so upset and worried. Also not sure if the cataract is actually that? And I should be thinking its AMD getting worse in that eye? Any information I appreciate

    1. I was having such WONDERFUL results from Avastin. Receiving it every 5 weeks since August. Last week everything went upsidedown. My vision is terrible. The retina doc took many tests to confirm my observations.

      I was started on Eyelea.

      Have you heard of this before. Do you think my vision will improve like it did wirh Avastin.

      I am really upset. Please, any comments will be so much appreciated.

      1. Hi Anne, I am also an RN and have been having Avastin injections every 5 weeks into my left eye for 6 years. Although my vision is only fair to poor the injections plus laser treatment have slowed deterioration but now the Avastin is not working as well and there is leakage which is not clearing up. I am starting Eyelea very soon. Since I live in south Africa it has been a bit of a mission to obtain. I will certainly let you know how it works for me. Good luck. Am sure it will help. Please keep us posted. nice to know we are not alone.

        1. Thank you so much for your response Anne. Having been doing so well and then hitting this wall is so very difficult for me. We are both Nurses, let us keep in touch with our progress. Happy to have met you.

          1. With your vision as it is, are you managing to still do nursing? I am 34 with ?PIC and not progressive myopicacualr degeneration as first thought. I had three injections last year and my vision improved massively, however I’ve had a relapse and lost my central vision in my left eye and now struggling with my vision and seeing a clear view with one eye and distorted view with the other and this overlapping for binocular vision. I’ve restarted injections and this time I have seen no improvement thus far. I also am a nurse but now struggling to job hunt because I don’t know what my vision is going to do.

          2. Hello Carrie Anne, No, I am not nursing anymore. I will be 74 on Sunday. What kind of Nursing are/were you doing. I certainly understand your disappointment with the loss of your vision after doing so well. I too did very well on Avastin. Received it from August 2014 thru Feb. 2015 and then one day BOOM vision gone. Now my doc is trying Eylea. I hope I have positive results. Where do you live? I live in South Florida. A transplant from the New York area. Please keep me posted on your job search and vision progress.

          3. Hi Annie, I live in Scotland, UK. in a Practice Nurse however since I left the forces I have been doing some work for the NHS and am on the bank for them but currently can’t do any work because it’s a bit hard to examine patients ears, throat, cervical cytology etc when you can’t see properly. The docs don’t seem to think the injections did anything for me last time and it was my condition calming down so to speak so inflation reducing and I’m wondering if they might be right because whereas last time I noticed a difference in my vision within a week, I would say my vision now is worse than it was when I was injected. And I hate the injections, don’t gete wrong, I’m not squeamish and couldn’t really care what people do to me, but I just dislike each injection more and more each time. Considering my next injection should be in 2.5 was, I still haven’t received an appt slot! My husband thinks we should go get a private opinion but I think I will be even more disheartened to go private, pay out all that money only to be told the NHS diagnosed me correctly and nothing can be done. I’m hoping my eyesight improves because I don’t know what else I could do nursing wise where my eyesight won’t be an issue. I’m 34.

  28. So… Today I went for a second opinion and guess what? According to my second opinion I do not have macular degeneration!!! Both doctors did the fundus photo and the OTC imaging. First doctor didn’t do a personal up close examine, second doctor did. I don’t know what to make of this. The second doctor showed me the fundus photo and the results from the OTC scan and explained to me why I don’t have MD.
    What should I do next? Get a third opinion?
    My head is spinning now.

    1. Hello Barbara. Wow! You must be incredibly pleased, yet confused! I am curious as to the explanation you got from the second doctor? Can you elaborate??

  29. Good day,
    Does drusen or pigmentary changes have to be present in order for an Opthamologist to give a early macular degeneration diagnoses? I’m so confused because recently my doctor did a fundus photo and the OTC test, but said he didn’t need to physically exam my eyes himself because he has these machines now. I wish he had included the exam where he personally examined my eyes after dialation, but he didn’t. The reason I’m confused is because there was no drusen or pigmentary changes seen in the fundus photo or the OTC test, but nonetheless, he diagnosed me with early stage macular degeneration.

    1. Hi Lorrie, thanks for reading our blog. It is possible for an eye care professional to diagnose age-related macular degeneration without presence of drusen. Some doctors will diagnose based on the symptoms and changes you describe in your vision.. Other criteria like being 55 years of age or older can help solidify an early diagnosis. I would encourage you, Lorrie, to look on the bright side of things– the doctor has clearly caught your symptoms quite early in advance. You can help to slow the progression of the AMD now by improving your diet, being extra careful about wearing protective lenses, using an amsler grid daily and perhaps incorporating a carotenoid based supplement into your life. Discuss such measures with your doctor and try to implement them as soon as possible! If you are still not satisfied regarding your doctor’s diagnosis, i would encourage you to ask your doctor about other tests- perhaps a fluorescein angiogram if you haven’t had one yet.. Good luck to you and keep us posted on your findings!

  30. My second opinion doctor told me the initial clinical diagnoses is based on seeing drusen (the hallmark indicators of disease) and/or pigmentary changes. I have neither and I have no symptoms. I am 56. The only thing different is my eye glass prescription has slightly changed and now I need bifocals. This is confusing. I am proceeding on the side of caution. Since I don’t really know if I have it or not. I’m taking the vitamins, eating lots and lots of raw spinach, collard, mustard and turnip greens. Lots of red, yellow and orange sweet peppers, Kale and yellow corn, etc. I’m trying to eat Sock Eye Alaskan Salmon twice a week and am trying to hard to cut out the bad fats. It’s hard but my eyes are worth it.
    the same thing happened to me Lorrie. Why don’t these Opthamologist do the physical part of the exam in addition to using the fundus photo and OTC? To me it seems like they are being lazy. My second opinion doctor discovered I have lattice because in addition to the fundus photo and the OTC, he himself physically examined my eyes (something the first doctor didn’t do).
    It’s frustrating. For now I’m going to relish in the news that I don’t have it so I can relax because I feel relief, howeverin the back of my mind I worry I do have AMD. Soon I’m going to yet another Opthamologist for a third opinion. I’m scared but know it has to be done.
    Thanks for listening.
    Barbara

  31. Hello,

    It’s great reading about everyone’s experience and how they are prolonging and improving their vision. I’ve recently noticed a blur in each eye off centr so went to see my optiction and they told me my vision is healthy but my left eye has a slight prescription. I used the amsler grid test at home and noticed some of the lines were missing (where the blur is). Even tho I was told my vision is healthy it’s still got me worried. They said they would refer me to a eye specialist for piece of mind but it worrys me that I’m only 25 and have a symptom of md. Any suggestions or guidene you can give is appreciated greatly.

    1. Referring you to an “eye specialist” is excellent. I would have my eyes examined by an eye doctor who specializes in diseases of the retina. Please keep me posted.

  32. Good afternoon,
    I’m 36 years old and my last eye test was 18 years ago! Never had a problem with my vision, just thought I’d better go and get my eyes checked. I was very shocked when the optician told me I had Drusen in both eyes, in the macular area and a very little amout in the fovea. I was referred to a eye doctor at my local hospital. He checked everything out. No abnormalities on Oct. three medium drusen on left eye with very small hard drusen in both eyes! He said I certainly haven’t got armd but possibly a familiar link. No amd at all in my family. Going back 4 generations on both sides.
    My vision is perfect on the amsler grid. The only think I’ve noticed is if I look at anything black or walk into a dark room. Looks like visual snow! If that makes sense. Can still see perfectly in the dark!
    I’ve been taking my eye Vitimins by the truck load. Eat healthy. Don’t smoke.
    As I’ve read about, it’s very difficult to say if I’ll ever develop amd but is a familiar drusen known to cause vision loss? Very worried over the past year. Can’t stop thinking about it and worried I’ll miss my young son growing up.
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Salvatore. For starters, it sounds like you’re on the right path. Supplementing with carotenoids, wearing protective lenses (UVblocking/Blue light filtering) and monitoring your vision via amsler grid is the best way to maintain vision and build upon macular protective pigment (the layer that protects the macula). As you said, it is difficult to say for certain whether you will develop AMD, but you can certainly use the aforementioned to slow or even negate the process altogether. Good luck and thanks for reading!

      1. Thank you for your quick response. Much appreciated. I’ve done a lot of research on the subject of vitimins. I take one daily of each. Macushield, bilberry, zinc, gihko balboa, solenium and omega 3 every day.
        Let’s hope this all helps.
        Great website. Has put me at ease.
        Many thanks

        1. So glad to hear that, Salvatore. MacuShield is a great choice.. It’s inclusion of meso-zeaxanthin is really what sets it apart from the other eye supplements.. Curious- what kind of sunglasses/protective lenses do you currently wear?

          1. I’ve got a pair of long distance glasses I wear out side with anti tint. very surprised how they work even on a dull cloudy overcast day! Also got a pair ray bans which are uv protected.
            Yes the meso-zeaxanthin is what made me start buying them. They have great reviews and have some great success story’s.
            My first eye test was January 2014. Started taking macushield in February 2014. Had an eye test in October 2014. It hadn’t changed which I was very pleased about. Will obviously be carrying on with my yearly check ups. I may do 6 monthly check ups just for peace of mind!

  33. Well now – isn’t this great :-( After almost a year of treatment for AMD (Avastin injections etc) I have now been told that I don’t have AMD but Uveitis, possibly caused by the herpes zoster virus when I had shingles last year in April. So now I’m on a different course of treatment – R subtenons cortisone injections first and if that doesn’t work intravitreal cortisone injection.

  34. Hello again,

    I posted before a few weeks ago. [25 – have off centre blur in each eye- if I put the blue into lines it missalins the line.] I finally had my eye exam at the hospital. They put dye into my eyes to get a clearer picture of the back of my eye and everything came back as healthy. Even though they have told me at this point Intime my eyes are healthy there is still a huge anxiety about it developing into something over the coming years. I have recently asked for help for this and am just waiting for some information to be delivered. I was wondering is it too early to be taking supplements for my eyes? If not which supplements would you suggest? My sister has stargrdts and has been told to avoid vitamin a if possible. But other than that all I can do its stay healthy, eat right and get advice on dealing with the anxiety so I can get back to enjoying life. Look forward to hearing from you, and will continue to follow all posts.

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom! It’s absolutely not too early to be taking a vision supplement. I am a young adult and started taking a triple carotenoid formula to build up my macular pigment about a year ago. AMD runs in my family- plus I have blonde hair and blue eyes, so I have to be extra cautious about blue light and consuming enough carotenoids (hence why I choose to supplement).. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

  35. 22 years ago I was told I had MD. My Opthamologist passed away a few months ago so I scheduled an appointment with a doctor I had no history with. After doing all the imaging tests, etc. he advised me I did not have Macular Degeneration. Im livid at the original doctor and the misdiagnoses. I have been living life as if I was going to loose my sight. The anxiety and stress he caused me is unforgivable. Unfortunately, I have no recourse since doctor #1 is deceased.

    1. Hi Sandy. Sorry to hear that! What sort of symptoms do you experience? Did the new doctor give you a new diagnosis?

  36. Wow, fast reply! Besides being near sighted I have never had any visual symptoms of MD.
    As the years passed doctor (#1) kept saying there were no changes. At one point I asked him if I could go on indefinitely without change? I’ll never forget his horrible response. He said “that’s like trying to whistle past the Cemetary.”
    Giving me the MD diagnoses was life changing. 22 years ago I stopped eating red meat and began eating tons and tons of red sockeye salmon from Alaska. I ate/eat green leafy vegetables like crazy and started supplements which I still take. I never smoked cigs and only drank/drink red wine with a high Resveratrol contant. But the anxiety and stress never went away. I’d wake up in the middle of night panic stricken and paralyzed with fear.
    I asked him once if he was 100% sure I had MD? He said even if I didn’t, the changes I’d made in my life had numerous health benefits. Then he asked me why mothers tell their children to look both ways before crossing the street. I said so their children don’t get ran over and he said exactly and that’s what we were doing. He said it was better to be safe than sorry! To me, it seems his remarks could be compared to telling someone they might have Cancer and so “just to be safe” we’re gonna start Chemo therapy.
    Sorry, I’m a little upset. :(

  37. Here’s a thought I’ve had on the flip side. Ive wondered if I did have MD. If doctor #1 made the correct diagnoses but because I made significant changes in my diet, maybe I reversed the MD? Can’t say I halted it since doctor #2 said I don’t even have it and “halting” its progressing would still show evidence of it? Is reversing it through diet and supplements even possible? I thought diet and supplements only strengthened the retina.

  38. Hi Sandy,
    Something similar happened to me as well. Doctor said “I may” have macular degeneration and when pressed for a straight forward answer he wasn’t able to give me one. He circled two places on the OTC test and said those “may” be drusen. Friday I had my second opinion and the second doctor confirmed, I do NOT have Macular Degeneration. I honestly do not understand how a misdiagnoses can happen in these days with such modern technology.

  39. Hi, I hope nobody minds my jumping in. Like several, I’m new to AMD. A couple of months ago I noticed the floor tile at work appeared to have a bow or curve to them. As a matter of fact, the entire floor looked like it had a wave to it. It didn’t go away and seemed to get a little worse, so I went to an eye Dr. to see if I needed glasses, even though my eyes have always been 20/20. The Dr. shocked me and said I have AMD with dry in one eye and possibly wet in the other. She sent me to a specialist who ran several tests. He commented that there was no blood visible and diagnosed me with dry AMD in both eyes. One eye with some small drusen and the other (bad eye) with some large and medium size drusen. He also showed me a picture representing the inside of my eye showing a half bubble in front of the macula in one eye. He commented that this bubble was full of fluid and that was what causes me to see straight lines as curved. He also said that if this bubble were to break through a layer, it would turn my eye to the wet version. He then set me up with another appt. in a couple of months and told me to contact him right away if anything gets worse.

    So, being new to this I didn’t even ask any questions. But now, I have a few that I’m hoping someone can help with. Is this bubble in the eye with the large drusen common? Are the odds pretty good that this bubble will just stay the same, or is it likely to turn wet? Should I be worried, I can still seem to see pretty good though I did have to get glasses for reading. I did start taking AREDS2 at the Drs. request. Thanks for any comments, I’m a 62 year old very active guy.

    1. Is this doctor a RETINA specialist.? I would get a second opinion from a retina specialist.
      Stay well and keep posting.

      1. Thank you for the response and to answer your question, I guess I’m not sure. The doctor is an opthamologist in a clinic with several other doctors. I’ll do some checking and see what my options are with my insurance.

  40. I was diagnosed today with early stage macular degeneration. I am 45, my maternal grandfather had it bad. Needless to say, I am distressed and a bit shocked.
    Shell

  41. I have been researching Blue Tech lenses in British Columbia. They seem to be distributed by Centennial in BBy. to all the eye care professionals that carry these lenses (list is available at http://www.bluetechlenses.com ). They seem to have quite a bit of science to back up their claims. you can go to Eye Solutions Technologies on Google and see what they are actually composed of. The make Melanin in the laboratory and add it into liquid plastic monomer and cast that into lenses. Of course it takes out the harmful blue light and allows te eyes to rest. At White Rock B.,C. the lenses will cost about 350.00. You can supply your own frames if you want.

  42. Has anyone tried the Crizal Prevencia lenses that filter blue/violet light, but allows the blue/turquoise beneficial light through? I have tried to compare the indoor efficiency of the PreVencia lense with the BluTech lense, but am not finding the documentation I need. I like the PreVencia because it doesn’t have the faint yellow tint, but I wonder if the BluTech is more effective. I know neither will filter nearly as much blue light as the outdoor Amber sunglasses, but I am desperately looking for something to block the blue light emitted by led televisions, computers and other electronic devices and led and Florescent lighting.

    1. I thought the Prevencia lenses are only anti glare and do not block any UV Rays.?? I have researched the Blutech lenses extensively and they are the best at filtering blue light but my problem has been finding them. The nearest place to my hometown is 300 miles away.

  43. I was diagnosed with dry in my left eye and wet in my right eye two months ago. Receiving injections monthly right now. I also have PVD in both eyes and epirentinal membrane in both eyes. Does the ERM complicate the wet armd? I have distortions in my left eye which make everything much larger in appearance. Will it also make the dry turn into wet faster?

    1. Hi Barbara- Thanks for your comment. Please note that the formulas in the two are exactly the same. MacuShield is simply the European name for MacuHealth. If you have any further questions, do let us know!

      1. It’s confusing because on Amazon, MacuHealth is $105 for 90 count and Macushield $86 for 180 count. Such a big difference in cost. I don’t know which to buy. Common sense tells me to buy Macushield. Does it make any difference? Are both made by the same manufacturer?

      2. Hi. I’m trying to decide which vision supplement to buy. You said the formulas are the same. I’m trying to figure if one is better (quality) than the other. Please give me more information.

  44. I was diagnosed as having Wet MD in June 2015 Since that time I have had 6 Eleya injectiions. Yes, they do hurt even though numbing drops are used. However, the use of an ice pack helps and it only lasts for one day. The injections do nothing to make the situation better, just keep it from getting worse, so the doctors tell me. My sight has deteriorated to the state that I have had to give up driving. I have a floater once in awhile. Watching TV is blurry and I can still read and crochet. Oh yes, I am 88 years old. I have changed my diet eating more fish and green vegetables, use artificial tears. I also have a plastic (? sheet I use rarely for reading, a lighted magnifier also.

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