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Timeline for AMD

I am in my 80`s and lost an eye through a botched cataract surgery and now I have been diagnosed with `very mild dry eye AMD`in the remaining eye. My doctor has me on a vitamin supplement and tells me there is no other treatment available. Does anyone have information on how long it takes to result in vision loss? Needless to say, I am in a panic state over the thought of going blind. However, my Doctor tells me that this is unlikely. Comments from experience are appreciated.

  1. , you may never experience vision loss. I was diagnosed at 58. At age 70, one eye advanced to wet and I began the injections. (I had no symptoms, it was found at an annual exam). Now at 75, I still have good vision. Just minor small blurry areas that I see on the Amsler grid. You might enjoy the articles written by Richard, one of our authors. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://maculardegeneration.net/search?s=Richard%20Hallberg. You’ve come to the right place for answers and support. Please keep us updated on how you’re doing, and know you’re not alone in this, Cora Lyn, MacularDegeneration.net Team Member

    1. I was diagnosed in 2014 and have very slowly progressed to what they call the intermediate dry stage (early/intermediate). My vision is still quite OK - I need reading glasses for print and a torch in dark places, and that is it. I have lots of floaters which I sometimes think are bugs and I try to shoo them away, but that's not a problem. I take the AREDS2 supplements, which is most probably what your doctor has you on. AREDS2 is the name of the formula which was tested for ARMD, it's not the brand name. It is recommended those of us with ARMD try to eat a Mediterranean-type diet, with lots of colored fruits and vegetables; get exercise when we can and check an Amsler Grid regularly between specialist appointments to check that our sight hasn't changed, and that it hasn't turned to the wet form. If you can check a grid now, what you see is your baseline. If you see a difference later on in the form of squiggly lines or blank, gray patches, contact your doctor. If you type any of these terms into the search bar above, you will get more information. If you have any questions, please let us know. Warm wishes, Wendy, Moderator.

      1. Hi Wendy:
        Thanks for your feedback as it makes me feel so much better about the future of this thing. I hope that it does not turn into wet-eye at some point and that the progression is very slow. Let's hope that a cure for this dread disease is found soon?
        Best regards,
        Robert

        1. thank you. We all join you in the hope for a cure, and soon. Best wishes, Wendy, Advocate.

      2. I don't know the difference between wet and dry md. I dont remember the doctors telling me what kind I have.

        1. I only know that wet is worst than the dry and I am very surprised that your Doctor did not tell you, however, chances are that you have the dry form. Good luck and lets hope that a cure or treatment is found soon?
          Robert Mat

        2. with wet macular degeneration there are abnormal blood vessels behind the eye which can leak fluid. Injections are usually prescribed to dry up this fluid, which can be serious if left untreated. With dry macular degeneration there is no leakage, just a gradual deterioration of the macula. This deterioration, if it happens at all, can be quite slow for many people, but everyone is different. If you haven't been asked to have injections, you are more likely to have the dry type, as Robert said. I'm sure your doctor will explain in more detail at your next visit. At least you know what to ask now. You might also like to ask your doctor about AREDS2 supplements and an Amsler Grid to check your vision between appointments. Let us know if you haven't heard of either of these, and we'll give you some more information. Best wishes to you, Wendy, Advocate.

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