Greider Eye Associates

27/Feb/2022

Macular Degeneration


What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly and allows you to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving. When the macula does not function correctly, your central vision can be affected by blurriness, dark areas or distortion. Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far, and can make some activities like threading a needle or reading difficult or impossible.

Although macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina, it usually does not affect the eyes side, or peripheral vision. For example, you could see the outline of a clock but not be able to tell what time it is.

Macular degeneration alone does not result in total blindness. Even in more advanced cases, people continue to have some useful vision and many cases, macular degeneration’s impact on your vision can be minimal.


What causes macular degeneration?

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Exactly why it develops is not known, and no treatment has been uniformly effective. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of severe vision loss in patients over 65.

The two most common types of AMD are dry (atrophic) and wet (exudative):


DRY MACULAR DEGENERATION (ATROPHIC)

Most people have the dry from of AMD. It is caused by aging and thinning of the tissues of the macula. Vision loss is usually gradual.

WET MACULAR DEGENERATION (EXUDATIVE)

The wet from of macular degeneration accounts for about 10 percent of all AMD cases, but a high percentage of those cases develop significant vision loss. Wet AMD results when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the retina at the back of the eye. These new blood vessels leak fluid or blood and blur central vision. Vision loss may be rapid and severe.

Deposits under the retina called drusen are a common feature of macular degeneration. Drusen alone usually do not cause vision loss, but when they increase in size or number, this generally indicates an increased risk of developing advanced wet AMD. People at risk for developing advanced AMD have significant drusen, prominent dry AMD, or abnormal blood vessels under the macula in the fellow eye (wet form).


27/Feb/2022

OS 2 for Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration and Nutrition: Why We Recommend AmeriSciences OS2


Macular Degeneration and Nutrition: Why We Recommend AmeriSciences OS2


Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness for Americans sixty five and older. A healthy macula is required for us to read, drive and recognize faces. The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was conducted by The National Eye Institute (part of the National Health Insitute) to determine if specific nutrients would benefit patients with AMD. In 2001 this study showed that patients taking specific nutrients could reduce their risk of vision loss by 19%. These nutrients are found in ICAPS, Ocuvites and Preservision. The formula in these older supplements is no longer up to date.

Since 2001, additional nutrients have been studied that have demonstrated an improvement in vision. Lutein, Zeaxanthin and the specific omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) have all been shown to improve vision function in various medical studies. These supplements are being further tested in the AREDS 2 Study that is scheduled to be completed in 2012. Medical studies have also shown astaxanthin, taurine and alpha lipoic acid to be beneficial to vision.

AmeriScience’s OS2 formula was intelligently designed by a panel of scientists and ophthalmologists to give you the benefits of recent advances in nutritional science. Each component of the OS2 formula was carefully selected based on reviews of the scientific literature. These selected nutrients are dissolved in the DHA and EPA omega-3 oil and placed in a soft gel capsule. This unique feature allows OS2 to be over 95% dissolved in one hour, compared to the 30-40% one hour dissolve rate of competitor’s supplements. OS2 manufactured in the United States to pharmaceutical standards by AmeriSciences , the only nutritional supplement company that is contracted with NASA to develop and produce nutritional supplements for the space program. It is comforting to know that AmeriSiences’ supplements are reputable, safe and supported by scientific research.

We believe that OS2 is the best supplement available today and recommend OS2 to anyone interested in promoting their ocular health through nutritional supplements.

OS 2 for Macular Degeneration

26/Feb/2022

Services

Glaucoma


What is Glaucoma and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty?

Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease that can cause permanent damage leading to vision loss and blindness without warning or symptoms. If you or someone you know was diagnosed with glaucoma or may be at risk for developing the eye disease then please call us at (760) 758-2020.

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15/Feb/2022

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