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Doctors and scientists conducting research on macular degeneration have discovered many new advances in the treatment of the disease. Research studies look at things like the effects of certain vitamins, how the cells in the retina work, and the role of genetics.

An Overview of Macular Degeneration Research

Doctors and scientists are currently conducting research on macular degeneration. Research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. This research already has led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with macular degeneration.
 

Current Areas of Focus

A number of studies are being conducted to learn what causes macular degeneration and how it can be better treated.
 
One macular degeneration research study is also evaluating the effects of certain vitamins and minerals in preventing or slowing the progress of the disease.
 
At the same time, scientists studying macular degeneration are trying to learn more about how the cells in the retina work. This knowledge will allow them one day to pinpoint the causes of macular degeneration and come up with ways to prevent it.
 
Other areas of current research include:
 
  • Studying the possibility of transplanting healthy cells into a diseased retina
  • Evaluating families with a history of macular degeneration to understand genetic and hereditary factors that may cause the disease
  • Looking at certain anti-inflammatory treatments for the wet form of macular degeneration.
     
This research should provide better ways to detect, treat, and prevent vision loss in people with macular degeneration.
 
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