Share Your Macular Degeneration Prognosis

Tell us about your progression of macular degeneration.

Many readers are interested in how macular degeneration progresses. It is different for everybody and different for each eye. Share with others what your experience has been. Tell us when you were first diagnosed, if you have wet or dry macular degeneration, what treatment you used and then describe what loss of vision you have experienced.

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Just starting this journey 
I had a DNA test that said I have a genetic risk factor from both parents. My mother had the dry form of macular degeneration. The last couple of months …

Macular Degeneration and Me 
I had dry macular for about five years when it turned wet suddenly. My husband was ill with cancer at the time and I often wonder if stress helped it along. …

Early Onset Macular Degeneration at 40 
In October I went in for my regular eye appointment. I left with an Amsler grid, information about supplements for Macular Degeneration, and an appointment …

Sunglasses?  
68 years old, just diagnosed with dry AMD recently. I have slightly high blood pressure, controlled by medication, but it moves up and down a bit. I …

Sunglasses?  
I am 68 years old and just diagnosed with dry AMD recently. I have slightly high blood pressure, controlled by medication, but it moves up and down a …

Distortion with Dry AMD - Scarring caused by my having had wet that reverted back to dry  
I have dry macular degeneration which has caused me problems with light sensitivity and glare. Three years ago I noticed a slight waviness to lines and …

Confused About Recent Diagnosis of Dry AMD 
A month ago I visited my eye center to renew my prescription of contact lenses as I do each year. During this visit I always have the Optometrist take …

Been Lucky So Far 
I am a 70 year old male in great health. I was diagnosed with macular degeneration when I was 62. Dry in left eye and wet in right. Immediately began taking …

Silicon floaters in my eye after avastin injection for wet amd 
I have had dry amd for probably 10 years or more. I am 76. Last year, my left eye developed wet AMD. I have been treated with injections of Avastin …

I am 38 Years Old and Just diagnosed with Wet Macular Degeneration.  
I noticed a wet spot or a dip in my vision so I went to my eye Dr. Then I went to the specialist and got diagnosed with my first injection on the same …

Wet AMD Under Control with Avastin Injections 
I have gotten Avastin injections for over 5 years, at 4 to 7 week intervals. The ' floater appearing afterwards lasted anywhere from a few days to several …

Have drusen, possible MD in left eye 
Opthalmologist saw scattered small drusen in at least one eye, possibly both. (As I use cochlear implants and the doctor is soft spoken, it was difficult …

Dry AMD Both Eyes Age 49 
I went to get new safety glasses for work when the optometrist found the AMD. My previous eye exam 2 years ago was normal. Saw the RS and was diagnosed …

Dry AMD for 3 Years, Right Eye Getting Worse 
I was diagnosed with dry AMD 3 years ago and have been taking AREDS2 religiously since then. My check up is due in August, and I have noticed that my right …

Saw Wavy Lines 
I posted my story about seeing wavy lines at work about a year and a half ago. Since then I have been diagnosted with intermediate stage dry AMD in both …

My Journey with Bad Eyes 
Did not realize people could see blades of grass or bark on a tree until my sixth grade teacher realized I could not see the blackboard. When I got my …

The path of one step forward with dry AMD 
About 6 months ago I was diagnosed with intermediate dry AMD. I am 56 years old. I had the floaters, and now having light sparkles with different …

Diagnosed with dry AMD two years ago 
At 67 I went for my annual routine eye exam. I have always been vey nearsighted since childhood, but up to that point I had not experienced any symptoms …

My Experience with AMD 
I have wet AMD in my right eye and dry in the left eye. It was diagnosed about four months ago. Immediately after diagnosis, I received an injection of …

Just diagnosed with myopic macular degeneration-wet type 
I am a 34 yr old woman who is pretty healthy. One month ago I began to notice that all straight lines appeared wavy out of my right eye. I went to a …

43 & Angry 
About a month ago I noticed vision changes in my right eye. Wavy lines, distortion, colors appear a little darker, and the size of objects look a little …

My Journey with Wet AMD--a new chapter 
This morning I saw my retinal specialist after skipping a shot of Avastin in my left eye, the one with wet macular degeneration. I had gone 18 weeks without …

My Journey with Macular Degeneration 
After my second cataract was removed, again, I could not see any better than I could before the first one had been removed. I finally got up the courage …

Early stage of dry AMD and swollen optic nerve 
I am 46 years old and was just officially diagnosed with dry AMD. They kept asking me "are you sure you never smoked?", like I would forget something like …

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Now what? Dry advanced AMD 
Four months ago I began to experience eye strain and slightly blurred vision in my left eye. As reading became difficult and night driving getting very …

My Nightmare that Came True 
In a matter of 10 days I could no longer see clearly and everything was distorted, fuzzy and blurry. I could no longer wear my contacts. I was also …

27 yrs old with macular degeneration 
I am only 27 yrs old and the week of my daughters 2nd birthday I had a huge headache. I didn't think anything of it, I thought maybe it was stress from …

An Invisible Disease 
At the age of 37, I was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration in my right eye. After consulting with many doctors in Connecticut, I was told nothing …

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. …

No Surrender 
Diagnosed 3 years ago with the dry form of macular degeneration. Vison has changed somewhat since then. First in the left eye, then more recently in the …

Dry AMD in 40 Year Olds 
I was diagnosed with Dry AMD in February 2011. I have it in both eyes and it has progressed from a few small drusen to extensive drusen in 1 1/2 years. …

My Problem with Macular Degeneration Vitamins 
I was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in one eye two months ago. The doctor told me to take Centrum Vision and come back in six months. I tried …

Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration: My Wife's Experience with Both 
My name is Dr. Tranter. My wife has wet macular degeneration in her left eye and dry macular degeneration in the other eye. She is having regular, …

Wet Macular Degeneration - New Diagnosis, Patient Stories 
My 50th birthday is next month. Last week I was diagnosed with dry AMD in my left eye and wet macular degeneration in my right. I sought the eye …

Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt's and Macular Dystrophy  
I have had an interesting journey. At age sixteen I was seen by my local eye doctor. I was not informed about my diagnosis but he did tell my parents …

A Macular Degeneration Adventure 
I was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in 2004. Not that the eye consultant bothered to tell me what my condition was, but I later found out from …

More Patient Experiences with Wet AMD 
I never missed my annual eye exam as I always kept a supply of contacts on hand. How could my eye doctor have simply "dismissed" my complaints that …

An Illustrator, Librarian, Author and CPA Share Their Macular Degeneration Stories 
I began to think there was something wrong with my glasses, but a new prescription didn't help. Eventually, I went from a good optometrist who sent me …

My Future with Macular Degeneration and Modern Technology 
My dads genes...so many memories of what is to come. Each day, now 10 yrs from diagnosis, presents new challenges, and down times too. One eye is no …

Myopic Macular Degeneration - Stories from Patients 
I was born short-sighted (-5.0). Never much of a problem, I needed glasses whilst young and wore contact lenses when in my teens. I never thought about …

From Dry to Wet Macular Degeneration - Personal Stories 
I wish someone had told me about their experience with wet AMD when I was diagnosed. Having no guidance can be scary. This is my personal story with dry, …

Dry Macular Degeneration - Stories by Patients 
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 …

Dry to Wet - Different for Everyone 
Sharing my experiences with macular degeneration with those who "get it" has taken me from despair to hope--and back again--many times as the disease responds …

i'm not sure what I should do with my diagnosis of macular degeneration 
Went in for a quick vision test as I was thinking of getting a prescription snorkeling mask. I am 59. She simply told me that I had AMD (Dry) and beginning …

Macular Degeneration- Connection with the Liver 
Hi, My name is Barb. I am 58 years old and live in Australia. In August, 2009, I went for a a routine eye examination by an optometrist, who informed …

Macular Dystrophy at 31 Years Old 
Hello everyone, my name is Daniel. I first notice that something was wrong about 2.5 years ago, when going surfing I notice that if I looked into the …

Cataract Surgery and Macular Degeneration 
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Wet AMD. I was having cataracts removed at the time. I went to see a retina specialist and he said I had bleeding …

Dry Macular Degeneration - Progression and Problems 
My mother had dry macular degeneration in her late 70's. Apparently, my grandfather had it also but it was not something that had a name in the little …

Macular Degeneration Makes Me Depressed 
I was diagnosed with macular degeneration about two years ago, was given the chart to keep track of the progress, and to take PreserVision, one tablet …

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Marja with Wet AMD in one eye... 
11.5.2015 A week ago I went to see my regular eye doctor. I had seen curvy lines and weaker overall eye sight. The doctor said it was dry eyes, but …

Shots are not working. 
I am 68 and have been diagnosed with macular degeneration about 3 1/2 years ago. The doctor says I am too young to have it this bad. I have one wet …

The Year That Changed My Life - Wet Macular Degeneration 
This time last year it became clear to me one day that I had very limited sight in one eye. It seemed OK one day and not the next. An appt. was made …

Macular Degeneration Injections -Stories by Patients 
Dry macular degeneration was detected in March 2007 in my right eye only. While the right eye was still dry, wet macular degeneration was detected in my …

Diagnosed with Wet AMD this month 
I was sent to retinal ophthalmologist the day I was seen by my optometrist, who said I needed to be seen ASAP but did not give me a diagnosis. Spent …

Wet Macular Degeneration - From Diagnosis to Prognosis 
Three months ago I woke up with blurry vision in my right eye. It took 3 weeks to get an appt. with my eye doctor. He then wanted me to put drops in …

Dry Macular Degeneration - Newly Diagnosed Patients Share 
I just went to the eye dr. to have my eyes checked and found out I have macular degeneration. I had not been to one for about 7 years. My dad had …

Surprise and Hope: Am I Really "One of the Lucky Ones?" Not rated yet
I offer this somewhat abbreviated anecdote realizing readers may take it with a shaker full of salt, but intend it to convey a personal glimpse of valid …

Recently Diagnosed with Wet Macular Degeneration Not rated yet
I am 71 years old. Drusen were first discovered on a routine eye exam in my mid 40's and have been monitored ever since. They didn't affect my vision …

I have AMD at the Young Age of 48 Not rated yet
I am 48 years old man from New York area. I experienced some discomfort in my right eye for last 2 weeks and randomly tested my vision with one eye at …

My Journey With Dry AMD Not rated yet
In December 2014 I was diagnosed with dry AMD. My life changed forever. Up until then I was saying, "It's not bad, turning 70." Now, at 71, I felt that …

Recently Diagnosed with Dry AMD and having trouble with my eyeglass RX Not rated yet
I was first diagnosed with drusen six years ago and in April of this year during my eye exam the optometrist recommended seeing my retinal specialist. …

Some good news Not rated yet
Four years in now (I am 80) since the left eye hemorrhaged and went overnight from dry to wet MD. Have been getting Lucentis injections for all this period …

During the Storm a Rainbow Not rated yet
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Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma - a Patient's Perspective Not rated yet
I started out two years ago with Closed Angle Glaucoma. It is not the usual type of Glaucoma. You do not take drops but the side angles in your eyes …

The Double Whammy! Not rated yet
I have not officially been diagnosed with this disease yet, but my 89 yr. old mother has it very severely, (for the past 20 yrs or so) as have each of …

Wet Macular Degeneration - As Told By Patients Not rated yet
I had a sudden orange patch in my right eye in September 2010. I waited over a week before I called my husband's eye doctor. After examining me, and …

From Dry AMD to Wet AMD - What is the progression? Not rated yet
It all started on 11/7/2002 when a routine eye exam showed the early signs of macular degeneration. The eye doctor said not to be too concerned yet as …

My Macular Degeneration War Not rated yet
I was diagnosed in May 2011 with dry macular degeneration in one eye and wet macular degeneration in the other eye. Can you imagine my shock? I was only …

So Far, So Good? Wet Macular Degeneration Not rated yet
Four years ago, my retinologist in Charlotte, NC, gave me the bad news: I have wet macular degeneration . I had no idea of the implications, but …

Macular Degeneration - Adult Children's Perspective Not rated yet
My mother was 72 when she first experienced the horror of age related macular degeneration (AMD). At that time, about 15, years ago, treatments involved …

Dry Macular Degeneration - Macular Drusen, Symptoms and Progression Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in 2007. My eye doctor put me on a vitamin program which includes: fish oil, Grape seed extract/Resveratrol, …

My Challenge - Wet Macular Degeneration Not rated yet
I am a doctor of Medicine,Consultant Physician in Chest Diseases practicing in New Delhi India. My age is 66 yrs. I was diagnosed as a case of wet …

Wet AMD - Stories by patients Not rated yet
I have always been short sighted and 3 years ago had cataract operations in both eyes. I was so happy that for the first time in nearly 60 years I …

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