A 35-year-old member asked:
are macular degeneration and night blindness the same thing?
2 doctor answers
Dr. William Constad answered
40 years experience Ophthalmology
NO: Macula degeneration will cause a decrease in central vision. Night blindness is related to a loss of peripheral retinal receptors.
Answered on Apr 30, 2017
Dr. Randall Wong answered
32 years experience Ophthalmology
No.: Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects only the macula, that portion of the retina that gives us central vision, e.g. Reading vision. The macula gives us central vision and color vision. Night blindness is not a clinical diagnosis, but can be a symptom of a variety of retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa or congenital diseases.
Answered on Mar 17, 2017
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