There are two types of AMD- Wet AMD in which there is fluid in the macula area and dry AMD where the macula has no fluid in the area. The wet AMD is more easily treated.
Vitamins and genes are being looked at a great deal now to see if prevention and long term treatment can be helped. Genetic testing has both its supporters and opponents. The AREDS I and AREDS II studies on vitamins for AMD have shown some interesting finding. It does appear that vitamins are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of AMD. Even though vitamins can help both prevention and treatment of AMD, you must be using the right vitamins for your genetic code.
There are many new treatments now being researched to find more and better treatment for AMD. Two of these are gene therapy and radiotherapy. There are now mainly in the first phase of research and will be sometime before we see useful test results.
What does all of this mean to the patient who is concerned about AMD? Getting regular vision examinations by your eye doctor is essential to insure the best possible treatment for your eye health be it AMD or any other eye disease. Be sure to get yearly eye examinations, especially over forty.
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