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Vision impairment question, at what age do you get age related macular degeneration?

Vision impairment question, at what age do you get age related macular degeneration?

No set age: Age-related macular degeneration (armd) is a condition that usually affects individuals over the age of 50 and causes central vision loss. It is more common the older we get (likely because it becomes more noticeable) and has a peak in the 70s. It can be seen at earlier ages in some individuals, and the the age of onset will be younger as we get better at testing for it. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Depends: Most people experience distortion in the central vision as an early sign of age-related macular degeneration. There is a self-screening tool called an amsler grid that is often recommended for people with risk factors for the disease. It can help to detect early distortion. Decreased central vision with difficulty to read, recognize faces, watch tv, and drive often happen as the disease progresses. ...Read more

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I am 72 years old and have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve remaining vision?

I am 72 years old and have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve remaining vision?

Assess Risks: See a retina specialist who can help stage your risk for severe vision loss. This can be done based upon your retinal exam as well as lifestyle (smoking, diet, blood pressure, lipids) and genetics. By doing a cheek swab, we can now stratify your risk of developing advanced stages of amd. ...Read more

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I am 42 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve vision?

I am 42 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve vision?

Correct diagnosis?: At age 42, you are unlikely to have age-related macular degeneration. That is a disease of people aged 50+. I would see a retina specialist to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

Yes: Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types. ...Read more

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What causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Aging: There is still no clear single cause for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is a disease of geriatric. The incident is highest among those over 70. Genetic may play a role. Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of progression of the disease. Other conditions have also been cited such as cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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At what age are you at risk for vision loss from macular degeneration?

At what age are you at risk for vision loss from macular degeneration?

50 years: Generally beginning at age 50 at the earliest. There is a strong inherited component; exposure to tobacco also increases risk. ...Read more

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Does seroquel (quetiapine) slowly ruin vision while on it? Heard it causes macular degeneration

May speed cataracts: This type of medication may sometimes speed up cataract formation (clouding of the lens inside the eye). Fortunately, if vision is significantly affected, outpatient corrective surgery can generally resolve & improve the situation. Visit your eye MD while on such meds! ...Read more

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Are there any conditions other than macular degeneration that cause lines to look wavy in your vision?

Are there any conditions other than macular degeneration that cause lines to look wavy in your vision?

Yes, many: The most common condition that may cause wavy vision might be a macular pucker. Others include central serous chorioretinopathy, drusen in the macula, macular hole, etc. Best to get an exam with an eyemd! ...Read more

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Is it fast to lose your vision due to old-age macular degeneration?

Is it fast to lose your vision due to old-age macular degeneration?

Depends: Approximately 90% of people only have the dry form of age-related macular degeneration where the vision loss is slower and usually less significant. However, approximately 10% of people have the wet form where bleeding, swelling, and scarring cause more rapid and more drastic vision loss. There is no treatment that has been shown to be effective for the dry form, but the wet form can be controlled. ...Read more

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Which form of macular degeneration is more serious? L was recently diagnosed with the dry form of macular degeneration. Is this form more or less likely to cause vision loss or other problems than the wet form? .

Which form of macular degeneration is more serious? L was recently diagnosed with the dry form of macular degeneration. Is this form more or less likely to cause vision loss or other problems than the wet form?

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This : This is actually an interesting question. The answer is that both forms cause vision loss. Dry mac degen causes a slow progression, so this is better in some ways. On the other hand, there is no treatment for the dry form, so the end result may be very severe loss of vision. Wet md causes a more sudden loss of vision due to bleeding or swelling. There is treatment, in the form of injected medications, that can halt the progression, and in 50% of patients may actually cause some improvement! ...Read more

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How fast does macular degeneration cause vision loss? My doctor would only say it happens slowly, but didn't really define “slow.” is it a couple of years, 10 years, more? I understand each person is different, but what's average? .

How fast does macular degeneration cause vision loss? My doctor would only say it happens slowly, but didn't really define “slow.” is it a couple of years, 10 years, more? I understand each person is different, but what's average?

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Over many years: Macular degeneration is a slowly progressive condition. In the absence of "wei" disease, vision changes start as delayed recovery of vision from bright light, then needing more and moe light to see/read, and eventually progressive decline in visual acuity. For poor vision to develop from the earliest signs is usually decades. At any time, a patient can develop wet disease, needing treatment. ...Read more

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How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

How long should age-related macular degeneration last?

Chronic Disease: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the dry; form, which involves slow, patchy deterioration of retinal cells, and the wet; form which is caused by bleeding and leads to rapid vision loss. Current treatment for the wet form; is injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the dry form, areds vitamins. ...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 to treat age-related macular degeneration quickly?

Which kind?: Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of medicine directly in the eye (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). ...Read more

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Is there new treatment for wet age related macular degeneration yet?

Is there new treatment for wet age related macular degeneration yet?

Several Options: Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the central part of the retina. It is broken down into two types, the "dry" form, which involves slow, patchy deterioration of retinal cells, and the "wet" form which is caused by bleeding and leads to rapid vision loss. Current treatment for "wet" is intravitreal injections with eylea, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or avastin. For the "dry", areds vitamins. ...Read more

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My father has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast, is there an option?

Depends on Cause: Medical treatment is available if it is the wet form. Subretinal surgery may be helpful if vision loss is due to a submacular hemorrhage. Anti oxidants may help stabilize some of the dry forms, but not geographic atrophy. There is active research in progress for treatments for ga. We offer the implantable intraocular telescope as an option for selected patients with bilateral disease. ...Read more

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If a 90 yo parent has age-related macular degeneration, should the children take any precaution?

Genetic testing: About 70% of the risk for getting amd is programmed into our genes. New office based genetic testing is available for offspring of patients with amd to ascertain their individual risk of getting the disease. Most of my patients who get it find it helpful. It provides information which guides lifestyle management and frequency of visits with retina specialist. ...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's age-related macular degeneration? Who gets it?

Retinal degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration is a breakdown in the retinal tissue in the back of the eye with subsequent decrease in central vision. The exact mechanism is not 100% understood, but build-up of waste products over time and inflammation are thought to play a role. It is usually present in individuals over the age of 70; family history and cigarette smoking can also increase the risk. ...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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Tunnel Vision (Definition)

Tunnel vision = reduced visual field resulting ...Read more