Macular Degeneration Information Links

  1. Vision Nutrition
    information and availability of various manufacturers of vitamin supplements used to treat macular degeneration.
    www.vision-nutrition.com/
  2. Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc.
    organizes and supports research on macular degeneration and its treatments.
    www.eyesight.org/
  3. American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF)
    leading cause of blindness, more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.
    www.macular.org/
  4. The Macular Degeneration Network - To help the patients who ...
    This large-type web site is dedicated to help the patients who suffer from Macular degeneration and the health professionals who care for them.
    www.macular-degeneration.org/
  5. Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet
    macular degeneration, age related macular degeneration, low vision, blurry vision, blindness, macula. Text Only link to home-page, ... What is macular degeneration? ...
    www.eri.harvard.edu/htmlfiles/md.html
  6. Macular Degeneration : Macular Degeneration International : The ...
    Macular Degeneration International (MDI) is a special non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs individuals affected with Macular Degeneration and ...
    www.maculardegeneration.org/
  7. Macular Degeneration Support-The Eyes of the MD Community
    Macular Degeneration Support is a total Internet community offering information and support for people with MD. Welcome ...
    www.mdsupport.org/
  8. MEDLINEplus: Macular Degeneration
    ... Macular Degeneration. Print version of this page, Email this page to a friend. ... Search MEDLINE for recent research articles on • Macular Degeneration. ...
    www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/maculardegeneration.html
  9. Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    National Eye InstituteÕs publication for people who have been diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration. ... Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. ...
    www.nei.nih.gov/amd/summary.asp
  10. The Macular Degeneration Partnership: The Macular Degeneration ...
    The Macular Degeneration Partnership Your one stop for information on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD News Update. Register ...
    www.amd.org/
  11. About Macular Degeneration: Treatment Risk Factors Symptoms News ...
    macular degeneration: risk factors, symptoms, healthy choices, frequently asked questions, medical updates, medical illustrations, ask the expert. ...
    www.ahaf.org/macular/about/maabout.htm
  12. AMD Alliance - Eye Disease: Age Related Macular Degeneration - ...
    AMD Alliance International offers online information regarding age-related macular degeneration, eye problems, blindness, and disease prevention. ...
    www.amdalliance.org/
  13. Macular Degeneration Research The eye disease called macular ... (PDF)
    Page 1. Macular Degeneration Research The eye disease called macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. And it has no cure. ...
    pulse.ucdavis.edu/scripts/99_00/macular.pdf
  14. Foundation Fighting Blindness
    mission is to find the causes, treatments, preventions, and cures for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and other retinal degenerative diseases.
    www.blindness.org/
  15. AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION BACKGROUNDER Disease Overview (PDF)
    Q2-2001 Page 1 of 3 AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION BACKGROUNDER Disease Overview Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness ...
    www.qlt-pdt.com/Qltinc/_downloads/news/news-AMD-Backgrounder-Q401.pdf
  16. Macular Degeneration
    guide to saving and maximizing sight.
    www.macularguide.com/
  17. Clinical Trial: Preventing Depression in Patients with Macular ...
    Preventing Depression in Patients with Macular Degeneration. ... Depression Macular Degeneration, Behavior: Problem Solving Treatment. ...
    www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/show/NCT00042211?order=5
  18. Macular degeneration associated with aberrant expansion of ...
    Click here to read Macular degeneration associated with aberrant expansion of trinucleotide repeat of the SCA7 gene in 2 Japanese families. ...
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=DocSum&list_uids=11030825,1103080 6,9425223,9288099,9425222,8032856,9736784,11873409,7066668,9537152,8908515,1841672,8268907,8595486,1 414303,9105738,9425905,6605090,9514489,8442497,10514531,7735876,3189470,10500422,1080966,12656308,91 09985,11760030,11889231,8199113
  19. Brian's Eye Story
    low vision aids, anatomy, photos, links, research information and a personal story are included. This site is recommended reading for AMD patients.
    www.brianseye.com/
  20. VisiVite
    offers products aimed to help treat age related macular degeneration.
    www.age-related-macular-degeneration.com/

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Macular Degeneration Vitamins - High doses of certain dietary supplements provide the first effective treatment for the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, a new nationwide clinical study has concluded.

The disease, macular degeneration, destroys the central portion of the retina, the light-gathering cells at the back of the eye. Among people who already have significant yellowish deposits accumulating at the back of their eyes — the hallmark of the disease — the supplements cut their risk of vision loss by one-fifth.

The macular degeneration vitamin supplements — a combination of zinc and the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene — did not appear to slow the early stages of the disease, when the yellowish deposits develop, but that is a normal part of aging and is not necessarily of concern. Almost everyone over age 70 has at least one or two of them.

As the disease progresses, the center of the field of view begins to blur, making it difficult to read, drive and recognize faces. Victims must rely on their peripheral vision, looking out of the corners of their eyes and missing much of the color and detail.

Glaucoma and cataracts strike more people than macular degeneration, but effective treatments exist for those diseases. This is the one disease for which there was nothing prior to this. At best, laser surgery can slow down the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the most severe cases of macular degeneration.

Earlier studies had indicated that people who eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins and beta-carotene, are at lower risk of developing macular degeneration. An earlier, smaller clinical study had suggested zinc might be helpful.

Among those whose disease had progressed to the intermediate stage, the zinc supplements reduced by 11 percent the risk of the disease progressing to the advanced stage, and the antioxidants reduced the risk by 10 percent. When the two were combined, the risk dropped by 19 percent. The study followed the participants for 6.5 years on average.

The daily dosages of the antioxidants used in the study were 500 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E and 15 milligrams of beta-carotene, a molecule that provides the color of carrots and sweet potatoes. The body converts the beta-carotene into vitamin A. The daily dosage of zinc was 80 milligrams with 2 milligrams of copper. High levels of zinc can cause a deficiency of copper in the body, which can lead to anemia.

Those amounts are well above the usual levels recommended by the Food and Drug Administration: three times as much vitamin A, eight times as much vitamin C, 13 times as much vitamin E and five times as much zinc.