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Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of visual loss in the elderly.

It affects the macula, which is the part of the eye’s retina that allows you to see fine detail. It blurs the central vision which is needed for "straight-ahead" activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. It is not painful.

There are two forms:

How Common Is It?
What Are the Causes?
Risk Factors
What Are the Symptoms?
How Is It Diagnosed?
Conventional Treatment
Natural-Alternative Treatments
What Should You Do Next?

How Common Is Macular Degeneration?


What Causes Macular Degeneration?

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. Exactly why it develops is not known.

What Are the Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration?


What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?


How Is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?

Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) can detect early stages of AMD during a medical eye examination that includes the following:


Conventional Treatment for Macular Degeneration

Certain types of "wet" macular degeneration can be treated with laser surgery, an outpatient procedure. Laser surgery and another form of treatment called photodynamic therapy use a focused beam of light to slow or stop leaking blood vessels that damage the macula. These procedures may preserve more sight overall, though they are not cures that restore vision to normal. Laser treatment is not effective for everyone and it does not restore vision that is already lost.

Treatment to help people adapt to lower vision levels, such as optical devices or refer you to a low-vision specialist or center. A wide range of support services and rehabilitation programs are also available to help people with macular degeneration maintain a satisfying lifestyle.


Natural or Alternative Treatment for Macular Degeneration

Treatment Strategy

Use of dietary modifications, antioxidants and natural substances which help minimize free radical damage and increase circulation (nutrients and oxygen) to the macula.

Lifestyle

Dietary

Nutritional Supplements

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

Homeopathy

A detailed homeopathic interview should be performed to determine the proper remedy for each individual.

Supplement Quality Is Important

Nutritional and botanical supplements used in these treatments are intended to have a physiological effect and clinical benefit, i.e., they are effective and your health improves.

The quality of nutritional supplements in the general marketplace is suspect. In order to get the maximum benefit to your health, be sure you purchase the highest quality nutritional supplements.


What Should You Do Next?

The doctors at The Connecticut Center for Health are quite experienced in how to treat macular degeneration.

If you would like to learn more about natural medicine approaches to macular degeneration, contact one of our clinics for a free consultation or an appointment.

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