Macular Degeneration

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What treatment has been effective for your macular degeneration? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Unhappy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have been treated with Avastin injections for more than 5 years. It has slowed down wet macular degeneration in my left eye, the right one is in remission. I often experienced floaters afterwards, which went away after several days, some lasted 10 days. Lately, those floaters were round with a white middle. Size of a button. The last one is not going away. It has been 5 weeks. It is very irritating and throws me off balance, and I can't get an answer from anyone. The doctor says it is something that is used in the injection pump and should dissolve by now.

Comment from: bjsmith909, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I was diagnosed with macular degeneration about a month ago. The doctor said it was caught early and he did an injection treatment. The doctor said he would do that once a month. I returned this week for my second treatment. The doctor said my eyes responded very well and he will do another treatment next month and then said we just need to keep a close eye on it with eye exams. Not aware at this time how often the eye exams will be required. He did say mine was a non-aggressive type of macular degeneration and it can be cured. But he also said it could reoccur. By the way, the injections do not hurt at the time, your eyes are deadened. There is burning after for an hour or two, and then some scratchy sensations for about a day. After that everything seems normal.

Comment from: Lolly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had 4 injections, 1,500 each which has done nothing for my macular degeneration. Afterwards I was told by the doctor that it works only 3 in 1000 people!

Comment from: JudyDownMaine, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I am a 75 year old woman. I was diagnosed 3 months ago with ARMD in one eye. Blurred vision, but still able to see pretty well. Seldom even need reading glasses. The eye doctor showed me a photograph of the damage, which was obvious. I could eat green leafy vegetables, but the disease is progressive and not curable. I did not necessarily believe him, but went home to do immediate computer research. I read info and began taking Preserve Max Forte supplements (2 morning, 2 night) because they seemed to make sense. Up until 5 days ago, I saw no obvious changes, but in this past week, there is no question that the MD eye is less blurry. I can read small street signs now with that eye alone which I couldn't do a month ago. I also routinely take Omega 3 supplements and Red Yeast Rice for cholesterol, and have read that Omega 3 may be useful for MD.

Comment from: Piper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I just found out I have macular degeneration. The wet one. I had a shot recently. I am hoping it will help. It is too early to know.

Comment from: Joyce Breaux, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I am an 81 year old female, and just a few days ago diagnosed with AMD. I am very sad at this moment because I live alone, and I enjoy my independence.

Comment from: march, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have had macular degeneration for several years and have been getting Avastin injections ever since.

Comment from: Concerned mother, 45-54 Male Published: November 12

My father and his seven siblings all had macular degeneration. My brother and I have never had any signs of the disease. My son has just been diagnosed with the disease and he is 50 years old.

Comment from: 50plus!, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 03

On January 25, 2012 I came down with a case of Bell's Palsy, which impacted the right side of my face and the vision in my right eye. Being over 50, I was scared by this, and decided to try Ocuvite to see if it would help. After about 40 days of taking it I noticed significant improvement in my right eye. My doctor gave prescriptions for Acyclovir and Prednisone, and Ocuvite proved the most helpful so far. I'll be taking Ocuvite from now on.

Comment from: Irish, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I was told I had beginning signs of dry macular degeneration about 8-10 years ago but had no vision difficulties until I suddenly had marked blurring of the vision in my right eye four years ago. When I got to the doctor I could not see the big E on the standard Eye chart. I was referred to a retinologist who tested me thoroughly and gave me an injection of Avastin interocularly. I was in Minneapolis at the time visiting family. I returned home to Montana and saw my present Retinologist a month later. I developed it in my left eye a year later. We have tried Lucentis but Avastin works best for me and now, four years later I have 20/60 in my right eye, 20/40 in my left eye, both with corrected lens. I get injections every 3 months in both eyes and have had stable results for about 2 years now. I read large print easily, smaller print with difficulty and a bright light, small print with a magnifying lens. I drive here in town where I know where I am going but not in rain or snow nor out of town since reading street signs etc. requires looking too much at the sign and not enough at the road! I was terrified when this first happened but I now know I can live life well with the vision I have and am grateful for the vision I have and look forward to the stem cell research they are doing so the next generation can be cured. I am 75 years old, a female, former smoker, blue eyed, fair skinned who grew up in Indian sunshine.

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Comment from: lendee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am a 44 year old female, light blue eyes and I was just diagnosed with macular degeneration. My sister also only two years older than I was diagnosed about five years ago. I would like to read stories about a person about my age or younger and how they are doing. I am curious about how long I'll even have my eye sight. Scary thought.

Comment from: Carole-Ann, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I am a 75 year old woman diagnosed with AMD 2 years ago. Since then I have been given needles in my eyes (Lucentis) and am taking two multi vitamins a day that contain lutein. One eye is wet at present and giving me trouble. I will be on a two year once a month needle for this eye. The other (left) was wet last year but is fine now after getting the needles monthly. Of course this could change again and I could get the needles in both eyes again.

Comment from: Ipconfigearth, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I went to my native place for a month and it's is really green there. I guess being in fresh air and no tension helped me. I can't be there forever. I have to earn my living. My vision is pretty good but not detailed. I go to the beach every day. I try to be as natural as possible. Less time on pc. I enjoy my life. :-)

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