Correcting Misconceptions About AMD

(Updated 7/29/19) Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease of the retina wherein the light-sensing cells in the central area of vision (the macula) stop working and eventually die. The disease is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and it is most common in people who are age [Read More]

Egg Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of wet AMD

Australian investigators have found that patients who consumed two or more eggs per week reduced their risk of developing wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) by 62% compared to those who consumed 1 or fewer. More than 3,600 patients from the Blue Mountains Eye Study, aged 49+ years, were examined across a 15-year follow-up period. 2,034 [Read More]

Self-Monitoring For Neovascularization Can Save Vision

Neovascularization is the term applied to growth of errant blood vessels into the retina. This can occur whenever the retina is compromised by diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, myopic degeneration, or diabetic macular edema. Neovascularization is initially identified during dilated eye examinations, the scheduling of which depends upon the patient’s initiative in acquiring and [Read More]

Iron Supplementation Associated With Wet AMD

A report published in Review of Optometry on November 5, 2018 announced research* showing that non-anemic patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) who take oral iron supplements may be at risk of retinal/subretinal hemorrhage. Researchers have found that use of oral iron supplements was significantly associated with retinal/subretinal hemorrhage at baseline in patients with [Read More]