My blue eyes and Dry Macular Degeneration
I am a 59-years old woman, a retired nurse, a wife, a mother and grandmother who was recently diagnosed with early bilateral Dry Macular Degeneration. Additionally, I have a questionable left optic nerve, a right Macular Pucker and slight cataracts. Still, I had no idea I had serious problems with my eyes until my last eye appointment.
To say I am scared of what the future brings, would be an understatement. I have seen a retina specialist, but he is too young and in a hurry. Can anyone from Chicago recommend a wonderful retina doctor for me?
In the mean while, I have been working hard to research all the possibilities that may be available for me, from taking vitamins to stem cell studies. I am also interested in the latest studies about hormones,i.e. DHEA as a possible supplement. Can anyone guide me on this subject?.
Tonight, I am attending a lecture by Dr. Stuart Richer from Glenview, IL at the Lighthouse North Center. He has done several studies about vitamins supplements and the proper doses, especially the Zeaxanthin and Lutein. I am hoping to speak with him personally after the lecture.
I intend to write letters to the different doctors in the US who may be conducting stem cell studies with the hope someone will respond with information to guide me.
If anyone has knowledge of these studies or if anyone knows of more advance studies taking place in other countries, I would be grateful to hear from you.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Sharon
I am sure your multiple eye conditions is the cause of much concern and worry. You are doing the right thing to become as educated as you can and becoming an informed patient.
This page offers links on how to find a retina specialist in your area:
How to Find a Retina Doctor
At this time most of the stem cell studies are for advanced stages of macular degeneration. However, there is one study in Florida that may be a possibility. Here is the link:
Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study (SCOTS)
While no one can predict what role diet can play to deter the progression of macular degeneration, an anti-inflammatory diet does help to reduce chronic inflammation which contributes to many different degenerative diseases:
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