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can there be a young persons macular degeneration?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Stargardt's Mac. Deg: Yes, a rare form of macular degeneration is stargardt macular dystrophy which begins to damage both eyes as early as 6yo although visual impairment may not be apparent until 30-40. The onset of 'fundus flavimaculatus' variation may begin at 20. Children first notice difficulty in reading, complaining of gray, black or hazy spots in the center of their vision. It's best to see an ophthomologist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: But not classic age related macular degeneration. There are a few inherited maculopathies which are forms of macular degeneration which might show up in the teen through 30's age range. These can be quite profound and handicapping but fortunately rare. If you have suspicion about this, you should see your ophthalmologist without delay.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What exactly is macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Two main forms: There are two general types: the dry form accounting for about 85% of cases which is generally a slow decrease of central vision. The wet form which is more severe has new blood vessels growing in the macula and generally causes more serious and rapid vision loss.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Technically yes: In general when people use the term 'macular degeneration' they are referring to the age-related form, but technically there are other types. Age-related macular degeneration is by far the most common, and the other and more rare forms are often hereditary and present much earlier in life.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it true that macular degeneration is a growing problem?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Yes: Macular degeneration is directly related to aging. Given the population with the increasing age, the increase is inevitable.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is macular degeneration curable?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Unfortunately not.: While there are ways to slow or treat the disease processes in age-related macular degeneration, particularly the wet form, there is presently no cure for the disease.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for macular degeneration?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Family History: One of the most prevalent risk factors for the development of macular degeneration is family history.

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