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how fast progresses aged related macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Macular degeneration: Usually is a slowly progressive condition, especially for those who have the dry type. Some patients progress further to the wet type, where there is leakage of fluid or blood in the macula. These patients will often experience more rapid worsening or distortion of their vision and may need treatment to manage this.
Dr. Abdul Khan
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
It is variable. : Typically dry macular degeneration is slower in progression, may take years to progress. Wet macular degeneration typically causes sudden central loss of vision.

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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.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are the complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Vision loss: The major effect of progressive, age related macular degeneration (AMD), is loss of central vision over time. There can be bleeding which usually can be treated with favorable results. The major complication is actually changes in lifestyle such as inability to drive, that comes about from the loss of vision.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Macular degeneration?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Macular degeneration include:: High cholesterol, High blood pressure, Smoking, Blocked arteries.
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A 60-year-old male asked:

I was diagnosed with diabetic macular degeneration. My ophthalmologist wants me to see a neuro-ophthalmologist to make sure. The neuro cannot see me until Mid-November. Is safe to wait on the macular degeneration treatment? Will the macular get worse?

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Dr. Evan Kardon
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Too long to wait: That’s a bit too long to wait....a week or two I’d tolerate.....find another specialist who can see you sooner.

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