Can Computers Damage Eyes

by Maria
(Lewes)

Is the computer screen`s light damaging for people with macular degeneration?


Answer

Maria, although there are no studies that show that the light from the computer screen can cause macular degeneration, there is definitely an increase in computer eye strain for those who spend hours on the computer every day.

Some studies are showing a correlation between heavy computer use and glaucoma.

If you are concerned about how to reduce eye strain from computer use please click here:

Computer Eye Strain

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN



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Inflammation and Macular Degeneration

by Marcelline

What kind of inflammation?

"Modern research into age related macular degeneration has found that inflammation plays a clear role in the development of the dry form of this disease."

REPLY

Retina specialist, Dr. Michael A. Samuel would agree. He states in his book, Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families
"Modern research into AMD has found that inflammations plays a clear role in the development of the dry form of this disease."

Most of us are aware of an acute inflammation, like a sprained ankle, an infection or the flu.

But most people are not aware that chronic inflammation is a process that is linked to diseases like heart disease, Alzheimers, cancer and diabetes.

Dr. Samuel states that "Chronic inflammation... can and should be modified with diet and supplements."

Click here for more info on an Anti-inflammatory Diet

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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Macular Degeneration and Stress

by Tina
(United States)

You have given me great deal of helpful answers. I feel I have been handed a death order to my way of life. Why me? The great question.

I am only 47. I workout in the water, but I do have blue eyes, I grew up around smokers although I never smoked.

My weight bounces but never more than 20 lbs over at the worse and I am in general in good health.

However LOTS of stress in the last few months. To the point of it seeming like I am being tested. Now this! I want to finish my masters degree and work with kids.

I need answers if you can point me to any please. The doctors act like you need a secret word to find out anything.

REPLY

Hi Tina,

Have you been diagnosed with dry or wet macular degeneration? In one or both eyes?

Kind Regards,

Leslie

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Contact Lenses and Macular Degeneration

by Henry
(United States)

Does the wearing of contact lenses contribute to macular degeneration? I have worn them the last 12 years left eye only and in both eyes about 15 years more.

Thank you

REPLY

Hi Henry,

No, the contact lens rests on the cornea. The cornea and retina are completely separate and distinct structures of the eye. I am not aware of any condition or disease where the two are related.

Randall V. Wong, M.D.

Dr. Wong is a Retina Specialist in Fairfax Virginia

Retina Specialist
Fairfax Virginia



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Macular Degeneration and Mercury Levels

by Brent

Can you comment on any work being done on macular degeneration and mercury levels stored in the body?
Brent

REPLY

Hi Brent,

I did find the summary of one article, "Age-related macular degeneration and cutaneous signs of mercury toxicity" by Dr. Paul Dantzig (a dermatologist) in the Journal of Toxicology.

Here is a link to it:

Macular Degeneration and Mercury Levels

Kind Regards,,

Leslie

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Macular Degeneration Risk and Age

by Mary Ann
(United States)

What are the risks at 83yrs?

REPLY

Hi Mary Ann,

I am assuming you are asking what is the risk of developing age related macular degeneration at 83 year old? If that is the question, the risk increases as one ages.

According to the National Eye Institute from the National Institutes of Health:

"The greatest risk factor is age. Although AMD may occur during middle age, studies show that people over age 60 are clearly at greater risk than other age groups. For instance, a large study found that people in middle-age have about a 2 percent risk of getting AMD, but this risk increased to nearly 30 percent in those over age 75."


Also, Mary Ann, women are at a higher risk of AMD than men.

To learn about other macular degeneration risk factors go to:

Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

To learn what you can do to reduce your risk of AMD go to:

How to Reduce your Risk of Developing Macular Degeneration

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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Daughters at risk for Macular Degeneration?

I have been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration
and was told to take Lutein.

Should my daughters begin using Lutein also, since it really hard to eat enough daily, to prevent them from getting it also?

REPLY

Family history, such as having a parent with age related macular degeneration, increases the risk of one's children developing AMD. Preventing AMD involves a lot more than just taking lutein.
Find out more here:

Macular Degeneration Prevention

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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Macular degeneration after cataract removal

by Deb
(Massachusetts)

My Mom had a cataract removed right after that the doctor discovered Macular degeneration in the operative eye. She did not have it before the operation. Is that common has that happened to anyone?
DebT

REPLY

Hi Deb,

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's dry AMD turning to wet. My father-in-law shares the same experience. Other readers have shared their stories similar to your mother's.

dry macular degeneration turns wet after cataract surgery

Macular Degeneration Shocker

There are many anecdotal incidences reported of the progression of wet macular degeneration after cataract surgery - however, many studies seem to prove that it is not so.

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration

What used to be a simple decision to have the cataracts removed, becomes more complicated when a person has macular degeneration.

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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Lasik Surgery and AMD

by Becky
(Mesquite, Texas, USA)

My mother's AMD was diagnosed about 6 months after having cataract surgery. I am interested in having Lasik surgery to correct my vision. I would like to know if there is any connection to having vision correction surgery and AMD. Thank you!

Reply

Hi Becky!

There are two points to mention;

1. Most macular degeneration is not inherited. It seems that some of the traits, like blond hair and blue eyes, associated with ARMD are inherited, while the actual disease is not.

It is quite possible you'll never get the disease. If you are over 55 you might want to get your eyes examined to see if you have any evidence of the disease.

2. Laser vision correction is a procedure that, as you know, is performed on the cornea. Reshaping the cornea affects your ability to see without glasses. This should have no impact on your chances of developing ARMD.

Basically, if your doctor feels that you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, then go for it!

Randall V. Wong, M.D.

Retina Specialist Fairfax, Virginia


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Macular Degeneration - Agent Orange

by Ron
(United States)

Thanks for all the information you provide on macular degeneration.

I am a Viet Nam veteran and are currently searching for any relation between macular degeneration and agent orange (dioxin) that I was exposed to during my combat tour in 1965-66 time frame.

Do you have any info or can you refer me to a site to research?

Combat Wounded Veteran

REPLY

Dear Combat Wounded Veteran,

There is no question that agent orange and other similar petrochemical toxins can effect the retina and be related to macular degeneration. In fact the effects on agent orange on the retinal were published in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science Journal.

Effects of Dioxin on Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Production in the Retina Associated with Choroidal Neovascularization


I would suggest methods of detoxify your body to strengthen your body and eyes. The first step is to eliminate all toxins going into your system. I suggest an organic raw living food diet.

The second step is to keep your self properly hydrated. Lastly you need to see someone to help you detoxify your body. I suggest contacting an alternative doctor at ACAM


Dr Darren Starwynn has worked with several Agent Orange victims. You might want to get in touch with him at dstarwynn@neta.com.

Sincerely

Dr. Edward Kondrot

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Macular Degeneration Risk and Blood Pressure

by Dan
(Sarasota, FL)

I've read that high blood pressure can contribute to the development of macular degeneration.

My mother has dry macular degeneration. I do not have it yet, but I do have high blood pressure. Does that increase my risk for getting AMD?

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Hi Dan,

The blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes, and in particular, the retina are very small and delicate. Like other blood vessels, they are damaged by high blood pressure. This can result in the blood vessels leaking which leads to fluid building up in the choroid, a layer of blood vessels that lie under the retina.

High blood pressure may be more of a significant risk factor for developing wet age related macular degeneration according to the Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Factors Study Group.

To learn more about what is high blood pressure and how to lower it click here:

Blood Pressure Readings

Family history is another risk factor that you have. The lifetime risk of developing late-stage macular degeneration is 50% for people who have a relative with macular degeneration vs 12% for people who's relatives do not have macular degeneration (4x the risk).

My husband's father had dry macular degeneration that turned to wet AMD in both eyes. My husband has not signs of macular degeneration as yet. Can we prevent or delay it with life style and diet? Not sure but we are sure going to try!

Read more here:

Macular Degeneration Diet, Vitamins and Nutrition

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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Macular Degeneration and Mercury
by: Cherry Misra

There seems to be a number of links between macular degeneration and mercury. This is not surprising, as the retina is one part of the body commonly affected by mercury.

It should be noted that mercury often has other symptoms, that may appear unrelated. One of the common effects of mercury is high blood pressure. This probably is a result of irritation of blood vessel walls by mercury.

If I met a person with high bp and macular degeneration, I would ask them about risk factors for mercury- Do they accept flu vaccines each year? Do they have silver amalgams in their teeth? Do they eat fish once a week or more? Do they live near a big highway? or coal fired power plant?, etc.

I would also look for other signs of mercury in that person. In my experience, mercury does not usually give a person one or two symptoms- It usually gives three or four. Very often the symptoms go unnoticed or the person attributes them to some other cause.

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