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Is age-related macular degeneration a serious disease?

Q: I am a 76 years old male suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMRD). My doctor has asked me to take Avastin injections to improve eyesight. Are these injections mandatory? Is there any alternative to Avastin? How long do I need to take these injections? What kind of a diet do I need to follow? I try taking omega-3 fatty acids in my diet. What else do I need to take care of? Is AMRD a serious disease?

A:Yes, ARMD, especially if bilateral, is really a serious disease. The injections need to be continued till the lesions are dry. ARMD affects macula of the retina, and affects reading, recognising etc part of the vision. Mobility will not be affected. There is no other treatment, except for Anti VEGF, Laser and steroids, today. Lead a healthy life, and take lots of vegetables and sprouts. Omega 3 fatty acids will do good. Once all the lesions are healed, try low visual aids. If you get cataract, get it operated and if possible get a telescopic IOL implanted.

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