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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Macular Drusen

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My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should i worry?

My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should i worry?

Too young: Too young for drusen in the classic sense (macular-degeneration). Get another opinion from a retina specialist and have your family members examined as well. ...Read more

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Drusen (Definition)

Drusen are small yellow or white deposits of material that build up between the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium of the eye (beneath the retina). It is normal for people to have some drusen in the eye, usually after age 40. Drusen in the macula increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, especially when they are large in size and number and ...Read more


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2 risk factors for macular degeneration Drusen 125 micron. PreserVision has 80mg Zn (hospitalization for urinary) Doc wants 2 pills a day. How safe?

2 risk factors for macular degeneration 
Drusen 125 micron. PreserVision has 80mg Zn (hospitalization for urinary) Doc wants 2 pills a day. How safe?

Safe: The ingredients in PreserVision AREDs formula are a mixture of antioxidants and vitamins shown to slow progression of macular degeneration in a large study. They are generally safe. Thanks for Trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Do drusen cause vision loss in advanced dry amd?

Do drusen cause vision loss in advanced dry amd?

Maybe: There are different types of drusen. Soft drusen are thought to be the biggest risk for vision loss. They can lead to large areas of retinal loss with "dry" macular degeneration, or for reasons that have yet to be fully understood, lead to a break in the foundation layer of the retina and allow blood vessels to grow and destroy the retina-termed "wet" macualr degeneration. ...Read more

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Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Disc Drusen: I am not aware of any association between optic nerve drusen and sudden unilateral vision loss from a vascular event. A vascular event should be evaluated and treated the same as if the disc drusen were not there. ...Read more

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With my indiopathic intercranial hypertension I have all usual SX plus dizziness and lightheadedness, could a drusen cause this?

With my indiopathic intercranial hypertension I have all usual SX plus dizziness and lightheadedness, could a drusen cause this?

Unrelated: Drusen are small globules of protein within the substance of the optic nerve at the disc which cause the appearance of papilledema (swelling from increased intracranial pressure) sort of like pillows piled under a sheet. They are completely unrelated to idiopathic intracranial hypertension, although you can have both simultaneously--making the optic nerve appear very enlarged. ...Read more

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Could prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

Could prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

No: Prism eyeglasses are used to shift the image of one eye relative to the other to avoid doubling of vision. Drusen that are significant can wipe out portions of the vision and will not be improved by prisms. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

Help plz! Can prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

No: You should get another opinion. Retinal drusen do not typically cause loss of peripheral vision. Optic nerve drusen can, but it is rarely noticed by the patient. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: drusen?

Deposit under retina: Drusen are small yellow or white deposits of material that build up between the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium of the eye (beneath the retina). It is normal for people to have some drusen in the eye, usually after age 40. Drusen in the macula increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, especially when they are large in size and number and with indistinct margins (fluffy). ...Read more