Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families

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Most of us take our vision for granted: We've always been able to see and we expect to keep on seeing throughout our lives, perhaps with some help from glasses or contacts. But for the nearly 2 million people at risk of losing their sight to macular degeneration today (and millions more as the U.S. population ages), the prospect of never being able to see a beloved grandchild or an inspiring landscape-the thought of never being able to read a book again-is frightening and ...
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Overview

Most of us take our vision for granted: We've always been able to see and we expect to keep on seeing throughout our lives, perhaps with some help from glasses or contacts. But for the nearly 2 million people at risk of losing their sight to macular degeneration today (and millions more as the U.S. population ages), the prospect of never being able to see a beloved grandchild or an inspiring landscape-the thought of never being able to read a book again-is frightening and terribly depressing.

In easy-to-understand language, ophthalmologist Michael A. Samuel, M.D., a renowned retinal specialist, casts the spotlight on this disease and offers a wealth of insights into what macular degeneration is, what causes it, and the array of contemporary treatment options. Here you'll learn: Lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Dietary strategies and nutritional supplements to prevent or slow the progression of the disease, The difference between dry AMD and wet AMD, When surgery is the best option, How to choose an eye-care professional (or know that you've chosen the right one).

Written for patients-and those who love and care for them-Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families is the definitive source for information about macular degeneration and how best to stop, and even reverse, the progression of this disease.

About the Author:
Michael A. Samuel, M.D., a renowned retina specialist and ophthalmologist, works with patients at both ends of the life span-infants born with retinopathy of prematurity, and elders who suffer from age-related macular degeneration

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591202479
  • Publisher: Basic Health Pubns
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,393,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Vision for a Lifetime     1
Understanding and Diagnosis of AMD
Your Incredible Eyes     9
Macular Degeneration: The Big Picture     21
Treatment of AMD
Dry AMD: Take the Reins, Preserve Your Sight     45
Nutritional Supplements for Dry AMD     69
Wet AMD: Slow Its Progression with Medical Therapies     85
Life After Vision Loss
Tools and Tips for Living Well With AMD     101
Dr. Samuel's One-Week Sample Eating Plan     115
Glossary     125
Resources     139
References     147
Index     157
About the Author     165
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