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A 39-year-old member asked:

what are the signs of having macular degeneration?

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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Depends on stage: 5-10% of the us population has amd. The effects range from nothing, to wavey lines, to significant loss of vision. Age 40? Likely not amd.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Depends: The symptoms can range from nothing at all to severe loss of vision. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the best course of action.

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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 43-year-old member asked:

What is the first sign of macular degeneration?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Varries: I have seen patients with many different symptoms (first sign) of macular degeneration. The most common is decreased ability to read (or need more light to read) or difficulty adapting to sudden changes in the lighting in the environment; light to dark or dark to light situations.

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