A 49-year-old female asked:
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was born with congentital syphillis. treated for it at age 2. i'm under 50, was diagnosed with bilateral maculopathy and low vision. what is this?

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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Maculopathy: Congenital syphilis causes damage to many organs and tissues in the body including the retina. This is not reversible.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Central retina: The congenital syphilis may be related, but a retina evaluation is indicated. The macula is the central part of the retina, where the visual acuity is best and color vision is most vivid. Damage to the central retina can cause a loss of visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. Some optometrists, and the rare ophthalmologist, specializes in vision rehabilitation. They can help you find adaptations.
Answered on Feb 11, 2014

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Normal variation: There is minimal or no overlap in the symptoms or the diagnosis. If you are concerned about syphilis then you should get the appropriate blood test.
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