Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I must confess that I really have no idea what "manager's eye" is......
Dear Dr. Rick,
Neither do I. I'm from the US. We are in Holland and I Think the doctor was trying to speak English.(duh) What I do remember from this was it was Probably a broken blood vessel. I couldn't find Anything on Manager's Eye online either (now). I'm worried that the "broken blood vessel" was Wet macular degeneration back then. Now my husband has Dry macular degeneration. Can that be? I thought people went blind from the wet kind. My husband has Always complained about not being able to see well.
For dry macular degeneration vitimens, as described in the AREDS study, are currently the only known treatment.
Usually if your husband had a leaking blood vessel consistent with wet macular degeneration in the past there would be evidence of it in his retina, even years later. I don't think that was what the doc was trying to say....in any event, at this point, it really doesn't matter. The test your husband had in the past sounds like a fluorescein angiogram, where the blood vessels and the health of the eye are evaluated.
As to a delay in diagnosis and treatment, when it comes to dry macular degeneration a delay is not all that important....this, of course, is not true with the wet form.
Also, you almost never go "lights out blind" from any of the types of macular degeneration as it only affects the central vision. The side vision remains intact, even from a legal point of view the person is considered blind (less then 20/200 vision)
One thing that it is important for you husband to do since he has a diagnosis of dry macular degeneration is to stop smoking if he already does. Smoking has been shown to make all forms of macular degeneration worse.
My husband quit smoking on June 4, 1984 (Hooray!), doesn't drink and we've always eaten a healthy diet. So much for trying to keep my husband healthy.....
Thank you for the information.
Vitamins that have the formula of the AREDS study are ones like ICaps and Ocuvite.
here is a link to one brand name of these vitamins.
My pleasure. Oh, one more thing.....
having his eyes examined every 6 to 12 months while things are stable is OK. He should also check his amlser grid with each eye daily.
Of course the best trained person to follow your husbands macular degeneration is a retina specialist. For "routine" dry macular degeneration do you need this level of expert? No. I don't think so. But.......make sure you husband is being seen by an ophthalmologist and not an optician, optometrist etc.....
He was prescribed Nutrof Omega. It is a supplement on the basis of DHA, Zn,Mn,Se,Cu, Vitamins C, E and B Complex, Glutathion, Lutieine, and Zeaxanthine (<---- some of these may be foreign names.) I was planning on getting a second opinion, for at least until our Ophthalmologist is back on his feet.