Desperate, just told I have macular eye disease..Do the eye vitamins help ??

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Hi I went to Emergency eye clinic 2 weeks ago,  as it was thought I had a torn retina as I had flashing and big black floaters.But she said retina is fine ,but im suprised to see you have macular eye disease.I said what does that mean she said ,You will not be able to see faces ,drive ,read a book,etc,And we cant do anything.I said can you write it down ,She said why do you want to look it up I said yes..That was it on my way home expecting to go blind at any minute,,,I have looked it up since still not much wiser but Im interested in the macu sheild(special vitamins)  tablets people suggest to slow down the progress..Has anyone tried these and were they any help at all,,Also is there any one out there with this dreaded eye condition that can let me know what to expect and what to do in the way of advice.I wish it happened in my 80s not early 60s But there you go.Thanks

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    You need to ask about injections into your eye. Depending how advanced your A M D is, these can slow down the deteriation. Good luck.

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    Your Ophthalmologist is your best source of information. He / she can advise you what specific vitamin supplements to take. Vitamins can help certain patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) decrease their risk of losing central vision, but it’s important to get the right vitamins.
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    Macular eye disease means nothing as it could be many things. Get a 2nd opinion from an macular eye expert ophthalmologist who can confirm if that is true and exactly what disease you have, as there are many. He should also tell you what treatments can be used at this stage and to prevent further development, both drugs, herbal, or other. Surprisingly, just walking can lower Inner Ocular Pressure (IOP). Sounds like the emergency eye doctor didn't do you right. I went to an eye clinic whose specialist told me my eyes where fine and the spots in my vision were due to me having a stroke. He was an idiot. Had scan to be sure and no stroke. I dumped that clinic. Always get a 2nd opinion on big health issues.

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    My husband has had Macular Degeneration for 12 years.  Unfortunately, he waited too long to see a doctor when he had symptoms with the left eye.  He had a laser treatment but it was too late and he lost his central vision in that eye.  When the other eye started having symptoms he went to see the Retina Specialist and they started to give him injections.  So far, he has had 27 injections in his right eye.  He has lost some of his vision in that eye but can see well enough to drive during the day.  He has been taking the Preservision AREDS vitamins but there is no way to tell if they are helping.  Please don't wait to see the Retina Specialist!!  

     

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      Hi your message as given me hope .That your husband can still drive a car..I really thought once it started I  would not be able to do anything .So it is possible that sight doesn't always go fast ,I have dry macular at the moment so I dont think they give injections for that.I do wonder how long before eye sight gets to bad  ,Is it possible for that to be a few years away or is that being optimistic,,

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    Preservision Areds 2 is an eye vitamin that is recommended a lot. However there is no solid proof whether any of these vitamins work or not, but I personally think they are worth taking. I feel your eye doctor should have explained this condition better to you. This condition effects the central part of your vision but not your peripheral. I would recommend having an Amsler Grid that you can look at daily for change. Your doctor needs to tell you if you are at the beginning stages or further advanced. If you are at the beginning stages then the grid and vitamins are about it. If you are more advanced I agree with Barbara you should look into injections. Either way your doctor should be doing retinal scans to monitor for progression. Hope this helps.
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