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Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Reduced With Exercise – The Wet Form of the Eye Disease Cut By 70 Percent With Activity

Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Reduced With Exercise – The Wet Form of the Eye Disease Cut By 70 Percent With Activity

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New research has shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The study, published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, says the risk can be cut by 70 percent in a specific type of the disease called “wet” or exudative AMRD.

The researchers based their findings on the number of AMRD cases arising over a 15 year period among 4,000 US men and women in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The participants were between the ages of 43 and 86 at the start of the study (1988-1990).

The participants were assessed at five year intervals. They were given detailed eye examinations and were asked questions about their lifestyle including the amounts of physical activity. These activities included climbing flights of stairs, daily walks and sessions of formal exercise.

Lasik Laser Eye Surgery may be safer than Contacts

Lasik Laser Eye Surgery may be safer than Contacts

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According to an Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute physician laser eye surgery is safer than wearing contact lenses for correcting vision problems.

William Mathers, M.D., professor of ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine reported his findings of reviewing data from a number of recent studies in today’s issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

Laser vision correction surgery is also called “refractive” surgery, and is also known as lasik eye surgery. The surgery is conducted by using a laser to resurface the eye to change it’s shape to correct loss in vision.

Breakthrough Treatment for Macular Degeneration – Helps Prevent and Treat the Disease – Symptoms Improve in Wet Age Related Form

Breakthrough Treatment for Macular Degeneration – Helps Prevent and Treat the Disease – Symptoms Improve in Wet Age Related Form

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An amazing breakthrough in the treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has been reported in the New England Journal of Medicine today. One third of the patients treated for wet AMD have shown “unprecedented improvements”, according to researchers from the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Retinal surgeon, Dr. David M. Brown said “Lucentis therapy is the most significant advance in the treatment of macular degeneration in the history of the disease. The ANCHOR study compared the previous treatment for macular degeneration (photodynamic therapy) with Lucentis in the most aggressive form of the disease.”

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