Macular Degeneration

Overview

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55 years of age, affecting more than 10 million Americans. The condition occurs equally in men and women, and less commonly in African Americans. This conditions affects more people with glaucoma and cataracts combined. There are two forms of the disease: atrophic (dry) and exudative (wet). Both eyes may be affected simultaneously and central rather than peripheral vision is affected. Back to Top

Symptoms

  • Increasing blurriness of printed words
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Increased haziness of overall vision
  • Blurred/Blind spot in center of vision field
  • Decrease in the intensity of colors
  • Visual distortions

This is not a complete list and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed you are have Macular Degeneration. Back to Top

Management

The Houston Wellness has a unique approach to the condition that includes a combination of the following:

Nutritional supplementation that is intended to slow down deterioration (this includes Ginkgo Biloba, grape seed extract, and bilberry extract)

Increase intake of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6, and Folic acid Hydergine and other anti-oxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid and Glutathione

Patients are encouraged to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, abstain from smoking, and protect the eyes from excessive light, particularly UV light

Daily application of Vitamin A-based Viva drops may provide some anti-oxidant protection to the lens from sunlight and smoke. Additionally, UV-blocking sunglasses should be worn.

In the case of Wet Macular degeneration, the phyto-chemicals Lutein and Zeaxanthin are given, as well as Soy, which has strong anti-angiogenesis properties.

Topical applications are available and should be included in the management. These include Glutathione, L-Carnosine and N-Acetyl Carnosine, Vitamin C in Aqueous solution with Cysteine, and Riboflavin monophosphate.

There are two pharmaceutical drugs that have been found to be effective in the management of this condition: Visudyne and Thalidomide.

Overall, each management plan is based individually depending on the severity of the condition and overall medical health. Dr. Allibone first gets a complete medical background and accurate tests if needed before compiling a management plan so that each client can achieve optimal health. Back to Top

If we fill our hours with regrets of yesterday and with worries of tomorrow, we have no today in which to enjoy our existence. Seize the day, and take control of your health and life. How you are going to live those tomorrows will depend on how you act and choose today. - George Allibone M.D.