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who is most at risk for macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Older family history: The risk factors for macular degeneration can include: age, lightly pigmented eyes, history in primary relative, smoking, etc. Overall, the highest risk is increasing age.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Older age Caucasian: Smoker, obese, family history of amd, also CRP and complement factor h.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Family history: Individuals with a family history, over the age of 60, and with findings of drusen in the retina. Several genetic tests are now available for estimating risk of forming wet macular degeneration in patient who have the early form. The areds study established the role that certain vitamins (c, e) beta carotene and zinc play a major role as well.

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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 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.
Atlanta, GA
A 30-year-old female asked:

Do competer use increases risk of macular degeneration in high RX patient (-5.75)?. Doctor said there's thinning. Transitions lenses IT professional

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not to worry: Macular degeneration is an older folks disease to begin with so you don't have to think about it for 30 more years. Your myopia is not high but just more than the average and well below anything that could be a problem from the myopia alone. Did your doctor do an OCT to determine thinning -? In the absence of conditions like diabetes, this test is unnecessary at your age.
CA
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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