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According to the National Eye Institute, "Treatment can slow vision loss. It does not restore vision." So, there does not seem to be a cure, but there are treatment options, especially since your relative caught this early.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a few treatment options, but the laser surgery is suggested only for "wet" AMD (I assume your relative has the more common "dry" AMD?). You can read about the differences of wet vs. dry AMD at EmpowHer's Macular Degeneration Medical Encyclopedia.

Other treatment options are to take "antioxidant vitamins and zinc", which may provide some benefit from preventing advanced AMD, but this has only been proven in persons with a risk of AMD (who do not currently have AMD). Another study also recommends, "folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12" for women who are at-risk in developing AMD, but have not yet developed this condition.

Acupuncture is also an option, but this also has not been proven effective as a reliable treatment.

The AMD Alliance (found here) has an entire page of treatment options for "wet" AMD, including:
- thermal (heat laser)
- Photodynamic Therapy
- anti-VEFG drugs

EmpowHer's Medical Encyclopedia outlines some possible treatment options for macular dengeneration that you can read here.

Lastly, here is a great article about a woman Living With Macular Degeneration.

March 12, 2009 - 1:51pm


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