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What is the known cause of macular degeneration?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

A lot of research being done now. Seems to be a problem with metabolizing the rods and cones which leads to drusen, which affects the barrier to the vascular layer. Many theories out there.

Answered Apr 10, 2014

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Dr. Peter Francis answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Macular degeneration describes a lot of conditions potentially. Some are single gene genetic disorders such as stargardt macular dystrophy. The most common cause is age-related macular degeneration. The condition has a strong genetic association (many genes involved). Other factors such as age, smoking, diet and other health factors contribute to its causation.

Answered Nov 27, 2017

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Dr. Michael Ham answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Macular degeneration is a condition of the aging eye. Most people would get macular degeneration if they lived to be 150 years of age. The macula deteriorates with age and develops / deteriorates sooner in some families than others. Associated factors that can speed the development of macular degeneration are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, uv sunlight exposure.

Answered Mar 11, 2013

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Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

The cause (trigger) for this condition, which is age related, is unknown. We know the effects, have some treatments available, and there is really extensive research in the cause but no positive results so far. A few are inherited but most have no obvious inheritance pattern. This is treated by retinal specialists who should be consulted if you are having problems.

Answered Feb 9, 2020

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