Macular degeneration

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What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration (MD) usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. The dry form of MD occurs as a result of retinal atrophy; the wet form is due to leakage of blood or protein below the macula.

Common symptoms reported by people with macular degeneration

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with macular degeneration

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
5
Tried for
macular degeneration (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
3
Tried for
macular degeneration (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Avastin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
macular degeneration (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
macular degeneration (2)

Data from patients with macular degeneration, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with macular degeneration

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for macular degeneration (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
macular degeneration (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for macular degeneration (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
macular degeneration (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Forgetfulness Problems concentrating
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Avastin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
macular degeneration (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Dizziness Lightheadedness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
macular degeneration (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with macular degeneration, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has macular degeneration on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 15
40s 35
50s 52
60s 76
70+ 68
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 4
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 29
60-69 years 21
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 149
Not Diagnosed 14

These charts show data from macular degeneration patients who have completed their condition history
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