My previous doctor prescribed antibiotic drops three days before injections for wet macular degeneration, and discontinued the shot into the nerve. I moved, and the present doctor doesn’t like that I refuse the nerve shot. He also doesn't prescribe antibiotic drops before the injection of Lucentis. What is the recent research on prescribing antibiotics before the injection? [ 05/17/13 ]
Practices vary widely on using antibiotic drops before or after Lucentis injections for wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). No study has shown that antibiotic drops actually decrease the risk of severe eye infection after serial eye injections. In fact, other studies suggest that getting repeated short courses of eye drops around injections may actually lead to antibiotic resistant eye bacteria. Harboring antibiotic resistant bacteria could lead to infections with these same resistant bacteria. Many retina specialists do not use antibiotic drops before or after eye injections, however this change has been recent.
I am a 46 year-old-male with wet macular degeneration. I have been receiving Avastin every four to five weeks since mid-December 2012 and there are still issues with the blood vessels leaking. I was lifting an item of around 100 pounds from ground level to waist height and lost vision instantly in my left eye. Can the increased pressure in the macular region cause retinal hemorrhage and activate the onset of this disease? [ 05/17/13 ]
Heavy lifting can cause blood vessels to burst inside the eye in anyone and can cause bleeding underneath, inside, or above the retina. Heavy lifting can cause blood vessel bursting independent of any type of macular degeneration and is not related to activation of or the onset of any type of this eye disease. Your retina specialist can confirm if any bleeding occurred within the eye and recommend a treatment plan based on the extent of your bleeding.
I have macular degeneration and my eyes hurt most of the time. Does macular degeneration cause pain? [ 05/17/13 ]
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) does not typically cause pain. Eye pain can be caused from a variety of reasons, some harmless, and some dangerous. Please have a complete eye examination to determine the cause of your eye pain. Also, pain felt in the eye may originate from around the eye. One example would be pain from the sinuses manifesting as eye pain. Your eye specialist can provide you with appropriate referral if your eye examination is unremarkable.
Injections of Lucentis have stopped the progression of my husband's age-related macular degeneration. Would Eyelea injections actually offer improvement? [ 05/17/13 ]
Research has shown that Eylea is about as effective as Lucentis in the general population of patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). No study has shown that Eylea is superior to Lucentis, or that Eylea offers additional benefit after serial Lucentis injections. Some patients respond more favorably to one medicine versus the other, so discuss a trial of Eylea with your husband’s retina specialist. Keep in mind that your husband may also respond less well to Eylea than Lucentis, and could actually lose vision by changing injections.
I was having trouble with my vision and I had never used glasses before. I went to an eye doctor and he saw something wrong with my eyes. Subsequently, a specialist diagnosed me with macular degeneration. The eye doctor then gave me glasses to see clearly and they do help with near vision; however, they don't to see objects in the distance. Is there anything I can do to get glasses that will help me with this issue? Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated. [ 05/17/13 ]
Glasses can help you see clearly at multiple different distances, but the glasses must be measured and made correctly to an exact set of specifications. If you are not satisfied with the clarity of vision your glasses at all distances, you need to see the prescribing doctor so he or she can recheck the measurements for the glasses. Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) typically causes blurring of central vision at every distance; therefore, if you have good vision at close range, the ARMD is unlikely to be the cause of the worse distance vision.
I have received 13 injections of Lucentis in left eye and six in my right eye. I am concerned because the left eye has become gradually worse and I am afraid my right eye might end it up the same. Thank you for your input. [ 05/17/13 ]
Researchers have shown that repeated monthly Lucentis injections can prevent vision loss in 90% of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and improve vision in 30 percent of patients with wet ARMD. Your left eye may be in the 10 percent that loses vision even with serial Lucentis injections. Please discuss the slow vision loss with your retina specialist to determine if a change in the frequency of eye injections or a change of therapy might be beneficial. Your right eye also has a 10 percent chance of vision loss despite repeated Lucentis injections.
My 85 year-old-mother has end-stage wet age-related macular degeneration. I am 59 and was just diagnosed with the dry form of this eye disease in my right eye and I have drusen in left eye. We both are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and take medication. Is there any correlation detected between hypothyroidism, the medications taken for this disease, and age-related macular degeneration? [ 05/17/13 ]
No definitive link has been established between hypothyroidism and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). A few studies support a weak association between hypothyroidism and ARMD, and many others do not. Likewise, hypothyroidism is not known to definitely hasten progression of any type of ARMD. Similarly, most studies do not report a link between ARMD and medications for hypothyroidism.
My mother has had macular degeneration since 1994 (some physicians say that it is macular dystrophy). Her blind spot had a grayish-yellow color, and recently she saw colors such as pink and green covering her blind spot. We went to see a specialist, and they said her veins are swollen at the back of her eye. They could not explain why she sees all these colors. Also, my mom started regularly taking fish oil and drinking vegetable smoothies that were very high in vitamin A right before these colors appeared. What might cause my mom to see these colors? [ 05/17/13 ]
Changes in the retina or any other changes in the eye causing longstanding vision loss can cause the brain to perceive unusual colors or shapes. While this phenomenon has been described in the scientific literature, it is not known why the abnormal color perception occurs. Fish oil or vitamin A supplementation has not been linked to abnormal color perception. Finally, retinal vein swelling does not typically cause a change in color vision.