Macular Degeneration Information

 

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Foundations
Vitamin Supplements
Pharmaceuticals
Research
New Technology
Physician Sites

Foundations
Vitamin Supplements
Pharmaceuticals
Research
New Technology
Physician Sites

Foundations
Vitamin Supplements
Pharmaceuticals
Research
New Technology
Physician Sites

 

3-D image of eyeballAge-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and many European countries. The neovascular or "wet" form of the disease is responsible for most cases of severe loss of vision. 

There are hundreds of thousands of new cases of wet macular degeneration in the United States every year. The average age of patients with the wet form of macular degeneration is the mid-70s. It rarely occurs before the age of 50. Wet macular degeneration is more common in whites, but occurs in all races.

Macular degeneration is usually mild, but can in some circumstances have severe consequences in which the center vision is lost. While macular degeneration does not cause complete blindness, it can result in the inability to read words or recognize faces. This is because macular degeneration strikes the center of vision, which is the most critical area used to see details.

The National Eye Institute proved that certain vitamin supplements can slow the progression of macular degeneration.


Foundations - The following sites disseminate information based upon scientific studies and current medical knowledge. Many of them are non-profit organizations.


Vitamin Supplements - The companies listed below sell, manufacture or have information regarding the vitamin supplements based upon the National Eye Institute's Age Related Eye Disease Study.

  • Vitamin Science - manufacturers four variations of VisiVite nutritional supplements, all of which are based upon the National Eye Institute's recommendations
  • Vision Nutrition - sells VisiVite, Ocuvite Preservision and ICaps AREDS Formula. Makes recommendations based upon smoking history and the degree of AMD progression
  • Macular Degeneration Vitamins - discusses merits of vitamins and compares various manufacturers<

< Pharmaceuticals< - The companies listed below manufacture medications that currently are used to treat macular degeneration or are involved in research of medications that are being studied as being potentially successful in the treatment of macular degeneration


Research and Universities - The macular degeneration links below involve developing and promising therapies in the battle against macular degeneration

  • Retinal Implant Project  - seeks to develop a silicon chip eye implant that can restore vision for patients suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration.

< New Technology - The sites listed below manufacture technological items that can improve the quality of life for macular degeneration patients or potentially improve the function of an eye with macular degeneration.

  • Ocutech, Inc.  - developer of the revolutionary VES-Autofocus Telescope and other devices designed to enhance the vision of the partially sighted, particularly those with macular degeneration.

Physician Sites

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly.