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Can an 87 year old with glaucoma have macular degen?

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Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: The conditions are not mutually exclusive. Both can lead to significant vision loss and should be monitored and treated by an ophthalmologist.
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes: They are two separate disease and can both affect the eye independently.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Increase with age: Both conditions are related to increasing age, so it is possible to have both. This person should be seeing both a glaucoma and retina specialist for care.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes : The macula is the central part of the retina that gives us our ability to read and see fine detail. Macular degeneration destroys this vital part of our retina, destroying central vision. Glaucoma causes nerves that connect the retina to the brain to die. This progresses as side vision loss then central. Both diseases can exist in one person and are associated with aging and genetics.

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Last updated Jan 21, 2021

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