Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness
in the United States and many European countries. The neovascular or
"wet" form of the disease is responsible for most cases of
severe loss of vision.
hundreds of thousands of new cases of wet macular degeneration in the
United States every year. The average age of patients with the wet
form of macular degeneration is the mid-70s. It rarely occurs before
the age of 50. Wet macular degeneration is more common in whites,
but occurs in all races.
Macular degeneration is usually mild, but can
in some circumstances have severe consequences in which the center
vision is lost. While macular degeneration does not cause complete
blindness, it can result in the inability to read words or recognize
faces. This is because macular degeneration strikes the center of
vision, which is the most critical area used to see details.
The National Eye Institute proved that certain
vitamin supplements can slow the progression of macular
Foundations - The following sites disseminate information
based upon scientific studies and current medical knowledge. Many of
them are non-profit organizations.
Foundation, Inc. - organizes and supports research on
macular degeneration and its treatments.
Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) - leading cause of
blindness, more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.
More sites about: Diseases and Conditions > Macular Degeneration
MD Support - information and support for people dealing
with macular degeneration and similar diseases of the retina which
may lead to central vision loss.
Partnership - coalition of patients, families, and
leaders in the fields of vision and aging.
Degeneration - guide to saving and maximizing sight.
American Health Assistance
Foundation - funding research on age-related and
degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases,
and providing emergency financial assistance.
International - features sources for age-related
macular degeneration, eye problems, blindness, and disease
Foundation - nonprofit charitable organization for
patients with macular degeneration, eye cancer, and related
International - seeking a cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa,
Macular Degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and allied retinal
National Council for the
Blind Of Ireland - provides information on macular
degeneration, braille, and how to cope with daily living.
Vision Rehab - for vision impairment caused by macular degeneration and other
Vitamin Supplements -
The companies listed below sell, manufacture or
have information regarding the vitamin supplements based upon the
National Eye Institute's Age Related Eye Disease Study.
Science - manufacturers four variations of
VisiVite nutritional supplements, all of which are based upon the
National Eye Institute's recommendations
- Vision Nutrition - sells VisiVite, Ocuvite
Preservision and ICaps AREDS Formula. Makes recommendations based
upon smoking history and the degree of AMD progression
Degeneration Vitamins - discusses merits of
vitamins and compares various manufacturers<
- The companies listed below manufacture medications that currently
are used to treat macular degeneration or are involved in research
of medications that are being studied as being potentially
successful in the treatment of macular degeneration
Research and Universities - The macular degeneration links below involve developing and
promising therapies in the battle against macular degeneration
- Retinal Implant Project - seeks to develop a silicon chip eye implant that can
restore vision for patients suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa
and Macular Degeneration.
< New Technology - The sites listed below manufacture technological items that can
improve the quality of life for macular degeneration patients or
potentially improve the function of an eye with macular
- Ocutech, Inc. -
developer of the revolutionary VES-Autofocus Telescope and other
devices designed to enhance the vision of the partially sighted,
particularly those with macular degeneration.