Q&A on Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. It is characterized by a destruction of the macula, which is part of the retina at the back of the eye. Macular degeneration can take two forms. Dry macular degeneration is the most common type and progresses gradually. Wet macular degeneration accounts for only 10 percent of macular degeneration cases and comes on more suddenly as a result of fluid leaks in the eye.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Symptoms may only appear in the later stages of the condition, especially with dry macular generation. These symptoms can include a distortion of straight lines, blurriness in the center of vision, and changes in color perception.

How is macular degeneration treated?

When diagnosed early, the progression of wet macular degeneration can be delayed with injections or laser treatments. There is no known cure for dry macular degeneration, but making certain lifestyle changes has been shown to slow the condition’s progression. Patients are advised to eat lots of leafy greens, reduce saturated fats in the diet, and maintain a healthy weight.

 

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American Society of Retina Specialists to Hold Its 2013 Annual Meeting

CHICAGO (May 2013) – The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) is pleased to announce the dates for its 2013 Annual Meeting, which will be held Aug. 24-28, 2013, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The ASRS hosts this event for its more than 2,400 members from 55 countries, including longtime ASRS member Dr. Roger T. Adler. Dr. Roger Adler serves as a clinical ophthalmologist and retina specialist at Eye Specialists of Ohio.

Now in its 31st year, the ASRS annual meeting will feature scientific sessions, panel discussions, and surgical case conferences regarding the latest advances in retinal ophthalmology. Additionally, this year’s meeting will unveil the Retinal Innovation Forum, which provides information to members on the most cutting-edge developments in retinal science, business, and technology.

As the largest retinal association in the world, the ASRS is comprised of more than 2,400 members, representing all 50 states in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, and more than 55 countries worldwide. The organization is dedicated to promoting the treatment and understanding of vitreoretinal diseases and to assisting its members in providing the highest quality of care to their patients.

In his current position at Bond Eye Associates, Dr. Roger T. Adler treats patients with conditions such as retinal detachment, ocular inflammation, and macular degeneration, among others. In addition to the American Society of Retina Specialists, Dr. Roger Adler maintains membership in the American College of Eye Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, and the American Medical Association.