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Financial Aid for AMD Injections Print E-mail

The standard treatment is for wet macular degeneration involves repeated injections into the eye.  These can be very expensive, especially for someone without a secondary insurance.  Lucentis and Eylea cost around $2000 per injection.  The financial burden can be overwhelming.

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who would otherwise be unable to afford high-cost specialty medications.

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Food Sources of Vitamins and Minerals Print E-mail

Taking vitamins won't make up for a poor diet. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, every day. Here is a list of vitamins and the foods where they are found.

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Glucose and AMD Print E-mail

Spinach and kale aren't the only things to watch in your diet.  Eating low glycemic foods may slow the development and progression of AMD. The glycemic index measures how quickly carbohydrates get glucose (sugar) into the blood stream. People with diabetes will find this familiar. High glycemic foods like potatoes, white rice, processed foods like cakes and crackers and cereal raise the blood glucose level.  Low glycemic foods include vegetables and beans.

Several years ago researchers at Tufts University found that mice fed a low glycemic diet developed fewer and less severe age-related lesions in the retina than mice fed the higher GI diet. When lesions like this develop after age 60 in humans, they are the earliest warning sign of age-related macular degeneration. Earlier studies in humans resulted in similar observations.

Here are some tips from Harvard University for low-glycemic eating.

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Emixustat 2b/3 Clinical Trial Fully Enrolled Print E-mail

Acucela Inc. announced that it has completed enrollment in its ongoing Phase 2b/3 clinical trial investigating emixustat in geographic atrophy (GA) associated with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  GA is the advanced stage of dry AMD, where an area of retinal cells die off.  It's a good target for researchers because they are able to measure if a treatment can shrink the size of the area, or in this case, stop it from getting larger.

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Guide to E-Readers for AMD Print E-mail

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and 20 years of RN experience.  She is also the daughter-in-law to someone who is struggling with AMD and a wife to someone with an extensive family history of the disease.

We asked Leslie for some tips on choosing an e-reader or computer tablet when you have low vision.  These devices are becoming very popular with people who have AMD and need magnification.  After researching the options, she shares tips for picking one that will work for you.  Following this article is a link to her review of devices with pros and cons for AMD.

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