Anyone dealing with age-related macular degeneration (#AMD) knows that there are two forms of maculopathy: “dry” and “wet” (exudative). But what is the correlation between the two? Do you start with the dry and get to the wet? Will we inevitably get eyes injection or turn blind?
A little clarity on the issue is due.
In “dry” age-related macular degeneration, characteristic deposits called drusen appear. These are accumulations of cellular waste that can be reabsorbed or calcified.
In “wet” macular degeneration, in addition to drusen, there is the anomalous formation of new vessels under the retina (subretinal neovascular membrane) responsible for the exudative evolution of macular degeneration.
In any case AMD it is a neurodegenerative process where the physiological metabolism of the retina is prevented. When #dryAMD evolves into #wetAMD intravitreal injections of drugs, that counteract the formation of new vessels (anti-VEGF and VEGF-Trap), can cure it but dryAMD continues to advance and still leads to a worsening of visual performance. Slowing down dryAMD is therefore always crucial!
Risk factors besides age, family history, female sex and Caucasian race are smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and a diet rich in fat and cholesterol. Lifestyle and diet changes are therefore always recommended together with dietary supplements such as antioxidants (#AREDS protocol).
However, not everyone knows that clinical studies have shown that Repron® #saffron protects the retina and its components and stabilizes visual performance in 3 months. Over the past 14 years our Repron® saffron pills have helped over 1000 patients to slow down, and in some lucky cases, to completely stop the progression of their neurodegenerative disease.