My Journey With Dry Macular Degeneration

by Richard
(Long Island N.Y.)

I had 20/20 vision in both eyes for 72 years with normal retinas. In February 2011 during an eye exam the ophthalmologist discovered that my vision had weakened to 20/30 in both eyes and discovered numerous macular drusen spots in both eyes. They were scattered around the periphery of the retinas along with some pigmentary changes in the macula.

She told me I had dry macular degeneration and to see a retina specialist which I did.

He told me to use the Amsler graph and to watch for changes in vision.

I was very apprehensive and worried about losing my eyesight.

Luckily I found the WebRn MacularDegeneration Website on Google, read all the suggestions, and began a defense for my eyes. I immediately bought 2 pairs of blue blocker sunglasses to wear every day to protect my eyes from the sun.

I also started taking AREDS vitamins every morning which contain 25,00 units of vitamin A along with 39 other vitamins & minerals to support the eye.

In addition, I also take super zeaxanthin and Lutein supplements twice a week to protect my ocular function.

When I read, I always do so under a bright light and try to keep any eye strain down to as little as possible.

On October 10th I went back to the ophthalmologist for a follow-up examination.

She indicated that there were no additional drusen spots on the retina and my eyesight had improved to 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other.She was very pleased and so was I!

I attribute my improvement to the good advice and ideas on your website and will continue to defend my eyesight as much as possible.

Thank you WebRn!

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Oct 20, 2011
Lutein Dosage
by: Anonymous

Can you inform as to how much Lutein and Zeaxanthin is being taken by you?

My wife who also suffers from this problem takes 20mg Lutein daily. I hope this dose is not excessive. Some people recommend 10mg Lutein daily.

Oct 19, 2011
I Hope Your Good News Continues
by: Ronnie

I love hearing stories of improvement like shows that if we're vigilant we can help ourselves and don't have to rely on doctors for everything.

I'm at higher risk for macular degeneration and I take Lutein and Zeaxanthin everyday.

I'm watching for the results of a clinical trial (to be completed Dec. 2011) in Italy as to whether saffron will be found to improve vision with people who have AMD. If the results are positive, I intend to add saffron supplements to my regimen. Keep up the good work!

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Macular Degeneration began suddenly at 56, now at 61....

by MAT

My regular eye check up was at 56 yrs old.

No problems, new glasses all seemed fine, but it was all downhill from there.

Within 6 months I started noticing vision changes and returned for a checkup. I was then told I had age related macular degeneration (AMD). I already could not drive after sunset due to Weiss's ring.

After numerous doctor visits and visits to a retinologist I was accepting the fact that this was not going away.

Between 57-59 both my eyes were diagnosed with AMD and it was NOW advanced dry macular degeneration.

Last year after a change in docs I was told the right eye now had glaucoma. I changed docs again and went into NYC to eye specialists there.

Everything was confirmed. I was also losing some vision in one eye. The final word as of now is:

Both eyes with advanced

Weiss's ring in both eyes;

Sight loss in one eye;

Optic nerve damage in right eye, hence glaucoma drops in both eyes.

I am now 61, can only drive during the day. I wear eye protection when out doors always, and take vitamins. I've even modified my meat, eggs, milk, cheese, increasing veggies and fruit.

Not much else to do except live and continue to work each day.

I also invested in a Kindle reader so I can increase the font to see better when reading (helps with the blurred spot).

I am the first in my family with this and the only one with glasses. I am very nearsighted.

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Dry Macular Degeneration: My Diagnosis and Present Experiences

by Stephanie
(Philadelphia, PA)

I was diagnosed two years ago at the age of 58 with dry macular degeneration.

I was bringing in a plant from outside and when I stood up, I thought a spider had attached itself to my eyelash. The "spider" did not go away and was followed by flashing lights in the peripheral of my vision in that eye.

I went to the retina doctor and he diagnosed dry AMD in both eyes with a permanent floater in my right eye.

It seems to be almost dead center and so was very disconcerting for several months.

This past June, the same thing happened in my left eye and with this eye, there are several very tiny black spots lower down in my vision as well as the floater towards the center of the eye.

Some days I barely notice these floaters and other days it seems that my eyes must be rolling around they are so prominent.

The vision in my right eye has dimmed considerably and I find when I read, I'm closing this right eye.

The Kindle reader has helped considerably reduce the eye strain and I read with both eyes on that.

I'm lucky so far, my vision doesn't prevent me from driving or working but am fearful when this is no longer the case.

I'm hoping they perfect retinal transplants and are able to use them for both wet and dry macular degeneration.

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Oct 28, 2011
Retinal Transplants?
by: Anonymous

I haven't heard about retinal transplants, but it sound like it would be great for many. But, having macular degeneration in my only eye (I lost it to a melanoma behind my left retina) I don't think any opthalmalogist would touch my case.

I still hope, for everyone else, that it will happen.

Oct 19, 2011
Retina Transplants
by: Anonymous

I didn't realize they could do retinal transplants. That would be great.

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by Lou

Three years ago I was told by a macular specialist at a very respected hospital that I had severe Macular Degeneration. It was the dry type.

I asked him if it would help my vision if I had my cataracts removed. His answer was "Remove your cataracts? Are you crazy? YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLIND BY THE END OF THIS YEAR!!"

I read your paper on macular degeneration. I took lutein supplements. I took complete vitamins, I ate huge bags of dark greens (southern greens or kale cooked with onions and garlic.) I ate fish and took fish oil tablets.

I exercised regularly. I never left the house without my sunglasses (blue blockers)and a hat that shielded my eyes from the sun. I even wear my sunglasses at the indoor pool where I exercise because of the glare from the windows.

I changed my diet to include lots of sweet potatoes and squash, red and yellow peppers, blueberries and other fruit, spinach and broccoli. I also take herbal supplements such as bilberries, curcumin, and ginger. I use cinnamon as a spice often.

THE GOOD NEWS: At my last visit to a new macular specialist, he was astonished at the fact that my eyes had not progressed toward wet macular degeneration, but he actually saw improvement in my dry macular degeneration.

He was so elated that he told me I need only see him once a year from now on. Also, he said that I should start thinking about having my cataracts removed by my regular eye doctor.

THE HAPPY ENDING: Yesterday I had my cataract removed. My whole world is brighter! And I can see without my glasses! I must have done something right!!!

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