Age-Related Lenticular Degeneration Revisited – Part 1

ALZHEIMER CLUES IN THE LENS OF THE EYE

The VisionHelp Blog

The notion of AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, is commonplace.  It is a consequence of aging and represents a vexing degenerative process because it is so challenging to treat.  The crystalline lens of the eye doesn’t garner as much attention in aging because cataract surgery and implantation with IOLs has become so commonplace, and in most cases so successful.  Cataract is best conceived as lenticular degeneration, what I’ve previously proposed to call ALD and the anterior counterpart of AMD.

The Gulden Ophthalmics cataract (ALD) model is an effective chairside communication aid that models what happens to the crystalline lens in various types of cataract.  We reassure patients that cataract is not a growth, but a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye.  And when that cloudy lens interferes with visual function, the surgeon will extract the old lens and implant a new one.  Out with the old and in…

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