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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Macular Degeneration

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What is known to cause macular degeneration?

What is known to cause macular degeneration?

Unknown: The cause (trigger) for this condition, which is age related, is unknown. We know the effects, have some treatments available, and there is really extensive research in the cause but no positive results so far. A few are inherited but most have no obvious inheritance pattern. This is treated by retinal specialists who should be consulted if you are having problems. ...Read more

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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

A partly genetic disease affecting vision that happens to older people. There are two types: dry or wet, which are ...Read more


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What is the known cause of macular degeneration?

What is the known cause of macular degeneration?

Multifactorial: Macular degeneration describes a lot of conditions potentially. Some are single gene genetic disorders such as stargardt macular dystrophy. The most common cause is age-related macular degeneration. The condition has a strong genetic association (many genes involved). Other factors such as age, smoking, diet and other health factors contribute to its causation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure macular degeneration?

To some degree: Macular degeneration is a wide spectrum of conditions where the tissue in the back of the eye changes with time. In most types where there is primarily gradual loss of function there is no real cure currently. In the "wet" types there is growth of scar tissue. These types may be helped significantly with injections of a variety of drugs into the eye to suppress the growth of the scar tissue. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration and how can it be prevented?

What is macular degeneration and how can it be prevented?

Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea. There is no prevention, only treatment (and no cure). See an eye doctor regularly (screening), and see a retina specialist if you are diagnosed. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is age-related macular degeneration?

Loss of vision: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. The photoreceptors in the film layer of the eye (retina) make by-products that are normally removed from the eye. In macular degeneration, there is an accumulation of by-products that eventually damage the center of the film layer, and thus central vision. Although there is no cure, new treatments are being evaluated. ...Read more

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Is macular degenaration curablethis is related to my eyes?

Treatable yes: Mac deg is treatable but not curable. Once diagnosed it is a chronic condition that does not go away. Treatment is aimed at prevention of further damage, whether early on with vitamins, or in active later phases with different injections. It needs to be continually monitored by a qualified eye physician. Also once diagnosed, can be monitored for change at home with an amsler grid. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is age related macular degeneration for eyes?

Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are two major types-- wet and dry. The dry form progresses slowly, and rarely leads to severe vision loss. The wet form can lead to rapid and severe vision loss. Most of the new therapies available help treat the wet form. Ocuvite preservision areds ii is the leading vitamin formulation for dry macular degeneration. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between blindness and age-related macular degeneration?

What is the relationship between blindness and age-related macular degeneration?

Damage retina: Armd causes damage to the rods and cones of the retina. You need rods and cones to see. If its damaged you have blindness. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration? What are the causes of this?

Macular degeneration: Is when the layer of cells of the back of the retina do not function well, leaving deposits called drusen mostly in the central vision area, the macula. This is caused by the age ing process, things that can damage the retina cells, ie uv light, and can be related to nutritional deficiencies. This entity is called age related macular degeneration( amd). Risk factors include old age, family histor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration of retina?

What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration of retina?

ARMD: Armd or age related macular degeneration can only be treated in the wet form and the most common and effective treatment is an injection in the eye. Certain vitamin supplements can slow the progression, see areds study i and ii. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

Age of onset. : Typically, macular degeneration occurs in patients older than 55 years, and called age-related. There may be genetic associations as well. However, macular dystrophies are typically rare, inherited disorders occurring earlier in life which usually cause photoreceptor loss in the retina tissue. Both tend to cause central vision loss of varying degree. There is no effective treatment for dystrophy. ...Read more

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What is symptom of macular degeneration?

What is symptom of macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant. ...Read more

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What exactly is macular degeneration in the eyes?

HereditaryVisionLoss: Macular degeneration is an inherited predisposition to central vision loss where either extra blood vessels grow and leak ("wet") under the macula (the central part of the retina) or the macula thins (atrophies). ...Read more

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Is it possible that macular degeneration be caused by trauma to the eye?

Not exactly.: Macular degeneration is a progressive degeneration of the macula resulting from age and genetics. Trauma could cause damage or scarring to the macular which would appear like advanced macular degeneration but would not be progressive. ...Read more

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Is there any way to prevent macular degeneration?

Only reduce risks: If you are at risk for macular degeneration we generally recommend the following: no smoking, control blood pressure, eat lots of pigmented vegetables and fruits, luetin and omega-3 supplements, wear sunglasses and get regular eye exams. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

Is there a difference between macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration?

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. ...Read more

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How likely is that fibromyalgia causes blindness?

How likely is that fibromyalgia causes blindness?

No known connection: Fibromyalgia specifically causes generalized muscle pain and fatigue. There is not an association between loss of visual ability or blindness and fibromyalgia. There are many different medications used to treat fibromyalgia and none cause blindness. Blindness, if temporary is more likely to be related to migraine. This is something else. If the vision loss in in one eye or just started dial 911. ...Read more

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What is multiple sclerosis and how is it related to loss of vision?

What is multiple sclerosis and how is it related to loss of vision?

Multiple sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease resulting in destruction of the covering (myelin sheaths) around nervous tissue (nerves and brain). It affects the optic nerves and vision through this destruction and can cause optic neuritis, decreased vision, visual field defects, color vision abnormalities, and other problems. ...Read more

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What is believed to cause Parkinson's disease?

What is believed to cause Parkinson's disease?

BUT, Rx Available!!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro). After they've been maximized & stronger meds are needed to adequately manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Tailor rx with side effects in mind for each person. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration?

What is macular degeneration?

Eye Exam: Dry and wet AMD are diagnosed by a good Ophthalmic exam. If you have any vision loss or problems, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist as soon as possible. In the dry form there are changes in the back of the eye readily seen and in the wet form you can have sudden loss of vision which is treatable if seen ASAP. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50. ...Read more