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The Implantable Miniature Telescope for Macular Degeneration

The Implantable Miniature Telescope for Macular Degeneration

Posted: April 2014

Some patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) lose their central vision in both eyes. This makes it difficult to read, recognize faces, or watch television. Fortunately, the more peripheral retinal beyond the centrally-located macula is not usually affected. The implantable miniature telescope (IMT) takes advantage of this fact by enlarging objects in the center of the visual field so they can be seen by the intact parts of the retina around the macula. Read more.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Protection against Macular Degeneration

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Protection against Macular Degeneration

Posted: March 2014

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in older Americans. Therefore, it’s important to decrease the risk as much as possible. This article discusses lutein and zeaxanthin, micronutrients found in many fruits and vegetables, and how they may help to protect the macula. Read more.

Macular Degeneration: Low Vision Tips

Macular Degeneration: Low Vision Tips

Posted: February 2014

There a number of ways to maximize the use of vision, even if it is impaired by disease. There is no single approach that works for everyone; needs differ depending on the type of eye disease, general health, and personal preferences. Read more.

Stem Cells and Macular Degeneration

Stem Cells and Macular Degeneration

Posted: January 2014

There is much excitement about the potential for stem cell transplantation in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and this approach has a reasonable chance of helping patients with wet AMD or advanced dry (geographic atrophy) AMD at some point in the future. Read more.

Macular Hole

Macular Hole

Posted: January 2014

A macular hole is basically what it sounds like; a hole in the central part of the retina, which is called the macula. This hole causes blurring or distortion of the central vision. Learn about the similarities and differences between macular hole and macular degeneration. Read more.

Stargardt Disease

Stargardt Disease

Posted: November 2013

Stargardt disease is an inherited form of macular degeneration. While it affects the same part of the central retinal, called the macula, as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), it is different from AMD. Read more.

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Posted: October 2013

Sunglasses are important for maintenance of eye health and, of course, are a fashion statement! These glasses can diminish the intensity of both visible and invisible light (which includes the potentially damaging ultraviolet light). Read more.

Understanding the Ophthalmology Eye Exam for Macular Degeneration

The Ophthalmology Eye Exam for Macular Degeneration

Posted: September 2013

The goals of a typical visit to the ophthalmologist for macular degeneration are to confirm or refute the diagnosis, assess future risk, and provide any required treatments. The exam includes several components, including the history, examination, and computerized imaging. The entire process including exam with pupil dilation, imaging and treatment can take several hours. Read more.



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Last Review: 02/01/14


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