I have not heard back from you so let me take this time to answer your question.
I am a retina surgeon with over two decades of experience and I treat dry macular degeneration every single day in my office.
Your doctor is correct. There is no stem cell therapy that is available at this time for your condition although a lot of research is being done on this very important condition.
So what can you do? Well, unfortunately, there is no way to rid yourself of dry macular degeneration once it has started. The best thing you can do is to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle as you have already begun. Also, not smoking is a very important thing to be following.
Lastly, a special formulation of multi-vitamins was proven in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study to slow the progression of macular degeneration and decrease the incidence of severe vision loss in macular degeneration. To that end, I would recommend buying one of these supplements (they can be found at any drug store over-the-counter) and start using them. There are many brand names available.ocuvite, and Icaps are some examples.
All of the ocular vitamins that follow the formula recommended in the AREDS study are of equal efficacy; but if you have smoked before in your life, do not take any of these supplements that have Vitamin A (also called beta-carotene
) in them because that can increase your risk for lung cancer.
As your eye doctor told you no clinic, not even The Mayo Clinic or Moorfield's in London have yet come up with a better treatment than what I have discussed above which, in conjunction with daily checking of your Amsler Grid, should allow you to maintain good vision for your lifetime.
Does this make sense to you?
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