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what are some of the tests for macular degeneration?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The tests for Macular degeneration include:: Amsler grid, Fluorescein angiography.

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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.
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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 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 29-year-old member asked:

Question about macular degeneration? Going to annual exam. Should I ask for tests for it?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Eye exam: A thorough eye exam—especially if done by an ophthalmologist— will undoubtedly test for macular degeneration. Express your concerns to the doctor so (s)he will be certain to tell you the findings. Let the doc know if there's family history of md or if you're have symptoms. If seeing an optometrist, be certain to ask to be checked, although most good ones automatically test for it, too.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are the tests for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Dilated eye exam. : A dilated eye examination by your ophthalmologist (M.D.) is the primary way to test for this condition. Only if the doctor sees any suspicious pathology would she then do special testing. Even with a family history of this condition, at your age (32) it would be almost unheard of to get this disease. It is highly unusual before the age of 70.

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