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A 46-year-old member asked:

My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. does this mean i will go blind too?

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Dr. Patrick Chan
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery 13 years experience
Probably not: Both of these are typically slow developing diseases and can be identified early if you obtain routine visits with your ophthalmologist.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Depends: You have an increased risk of developing these diseases, either of which can cause blindness. Starting at age 40, get an eye exam yearly. Be sure to see an ophthalmologist.

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