Wednesday

Learning You Have Macular Degeneration Calls For A Lifestyle Change.

My Husband has been misdiagnosed for over 2 years now. He went to a few different eye doctors including The Cleveland Clinic, because he was having dark blurry areas. They said they couldn't find anything. He had a lens put in 2 years ago because of glaucoma, so they kept saying he was still healing. Finally.... a doctor in Pittsburgh figured out his problem. Dry Macular Degeneration. Not good, but at least we have an answer and someplace to start treating it.

The doctor suggested he get the AREDS 2 Formula because there have been studies done on this particular brand and has been proven it works. He said his patients have had good luck with it. I won't reverse the disease, but may stop it from getting worse.

Here are some other things the Dr suggested he do.
Bilberry (we just ordered 2 bottles on amazon)
No Caffeine ( he now drinks herbal tea)
No Smoking (he stopped many years ago)
Healthy Diet
Exercise
Wear a good pair of UV blocking sunglasses

There are a few other things he is doing ... like taking rutin. Rutin shrinks capillaries and is suppose to help with high blood pressure so he is taking it.  He is also taking Omega 3.

There is also a grid he uses to monitor the macular degeneration between Dr visits.

Hopefully, everything we are doing is going to help to save his vision.

If anyone has or knows of anything else we can do, or a great book on macular degeneration... I would be interested.   The problem with most of the books though is the author doesn't know what they are talking about.   I want a GOOD BOOK!!

23 comments:

  1. I am sorry to hear about your husband's eye condition. My brother in law also suffers from macular degeneration. I'm going to ask him if he has any reference reading material about this condition. Will let you know.

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  2. Anonymous10:21:00 AM

    I was diagnosed with this in January. I didn't know that I should change my diet and he never told me about the AREDS.

    Thank you so much for posting this. Sharon

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  3. I really hope you find the information you need. I know how frustrating it is to not be able to get answers to questions involving your health.

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  4. So sorry to hear that. I'm now wondering if I may have something similar. I have a growth over both of my eyes and sometimes there are blurred/dark areas. I went to my ophthalmologist and they ran a few tests and said it was nothing to worry about and gave me steroid eye drops. I'm going to get a second opinion.

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    1. They told Dennis that at the Cleveland Clinic, that it was just vitrous gel and nothing to worry about

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  5. Oh my gosh, that's awful! I hope the Rutin helps slow this progression. I can't even imagine.

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  6. My dad went through this as well. I hope it is not hereditary

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  7. I have a friend who's having difficulty with their eyesight. His Dr says it's due to diabetes but I wonder if there's more going on?

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  8. Good books are few and far between for health stuff indeed. Pain in the arse that it takes them so long to figure things out. Hopefully he'll stop it with everything being done from getting worse. I'm sure a de-worming couldn't hurt either haha just in case.

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  9. Oh, I am so sad to see dads suffering. I will have my dad check his eyes so we can give the right cure if needed.

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  10. My mother-in-law has macular degeneration and also has made a number of lifestyle changes. She has stopped smoking for about six years now.

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  11. I am glad your husband was able to get the right diagnosis. I had a client with macular degeneration. I am not sure what her treatment plan was.

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  12. My Dad has this. He has vitamin eyedrops that helps a lot!

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  13. I am so sorry to see what your husband is going through. The term Macular Degeneration is new for me, but I can relate it to the issues which my dad faced few years back. Healthy diet & exercise could really help a lot.

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  14. I don't know about it. I do wish him well though, and like you said it's good you have a diagnosis. At least now you know what you're working with!

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  15. I'm glad you found a doctor that was able to determine what the issue was. Hope the AREDS 2 Formula works. I will keep him in my prayers!

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's condition, and that you both have had to deal with him being misdiagnosed. That kind of uncertainty can really exacerbate everything. I'm glad he knows where to go from here.

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  17. It's so frustrating when doctors lead you down the wrong path for years before giving you a straight answer. I am sorry that he is going through this, but I am happy that you finally have some clue about what's going on so you can piece together a good treatment plan.

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  18. I use Brite Eyes III eyedrops to preserve vision. From Medline: "Overall, accumulated study data demonstrate that the IVP-designed new vision-saving drugs, including N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops, promote health vision and prevent vision disability from senile cataracts, primary open-angle glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and aging. N-acetylcarnosine eyedrop therapy is the crown jewel of the anti-aging medical movement and revolutionizes early detection, treatment, and rejuvenation of aging-related eye-disabling disorders. N-acetylcarnosine, as an innovative medical science tool and component of the home medicine and alternative medicine approaches, has the potential to alleviate visual impairment and its associated social, economic, and political woes for an aging population." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19487926

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  19. I'm so sorry that Dennis is having trouble with his eyes.
    I know that road. It's good to hear he found a bright doctor.

    I'm still way behind with the outside work and going crazy with
    Lily.
    Love to you
    Belva

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  20. Gosh...sorry to hear about your husband. It's really frustrating to be misdiagnosed for so long

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  21. I hope his eyes are doing good! My Dad has it, once they got him on eye vitamins his eyesight actually improved! I was amazed because Macular Degeneration without vitamins makes your eyes worse over time.

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  22. Misdiagnosing a patient is also a form of medical malpractice. It is certainly a type of personal injury. Coming to the macular degeneration, I don't know any specific books. As you have already mentioned, there is no cure for this eye condition, but there are beneficial treatments that can help. Diet modifications (he is already doing it), specific drugs to control this condition, and vitamin & mineral supplements are good in treating macular degeneration. Only consult an optometrist for this eye condition. I hope he will get better and recover soon. Stay strong and keep on smiling; thank god for everything and never get sad with anything that is not in your hand.

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