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A 41-year-old member asked:

what does age-related macular degeneration seem like?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Painless. vision bad: This is a condition of the central retina of unknown cause, which disturbs the anatomy of the central light receptors - lowering the vision. There is no pain, just vision loss. There are several forms and some can be treated for a period of time. A retinal specialist can best sort this out for you.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: A distortion or blurry spot or missing area in one's central vision is typically what your symptom would be.

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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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