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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?

Long term risk: Macular drusen usually occur in both eyes and shows a strongly inherited pattern. As time passes and the drusen either enlarge or become confluent, then sometimes the vision is affected. This would be rare in a 32 year old; the inheritance pattern is well described. You should have them looked at about every 2-3 years for a while. ...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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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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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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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

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What are the differences between exudates and drusen?

What are the differences between exudates and drusen?

Difference is.....: Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina made up of lipids, a fatty protein. Having drusen increases a person's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Exudate is a fluid composed of serum, fibrin, and white blood cells that escapes from blood vessels into the surrounding tissue as the result of inflammation. It can occur anywhere in the body but most commonly on the skin. ...Read more

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Does anyone treat optic nerve or disc drusen?

Does anyone treat optic nerve or disc drusen?

No: There is no reason to treat optic nerve drusen. People who have them are completely unaware of them until an eye doctor told them they were present. ...Read more

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What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

Depends: Drusen can be of little concern or they can be the first evidence of something like macular degeneration. You should talk to your ophthalmologist about the type you have and what it means for you. ...Read more

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What exactly isa drusen?

What exactly isa drusen?

Drusen: Drusen is defined as the accumulation of yellowish material in the eye often associated with macular degeneration -- this is best evaluated by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist). ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options for drusen in the eye?

No: Drusen in the macula can be a sign of age-related macular degeneration (amd), which is a common cause of significant vision loss for individuals older than 50. In younger patients, drusen can be inherited, and are not usually associated with significant vision loss. While there is no treatment for the drusen, a dilated eye exam can help monitor for worsening of the amd. ...Read more

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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Not typical!: Optic nerve he'd drusens are associated with field loss sometimes, but they are chronic and stable. I am not aware of them being associated with sudden loss. Look for a different cause! depending on the that, it may or may not be reversible (most likely not). ...Read more

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I am a commercial pilot and was diagnosed with optic nerve drusen or better calcium spots on the optic nerve which affecting my left eye need help pls?

Optic disc drusen: Optic nerve head drusen are visible during an eye examination, and in some cases may cause some loss of peripheral vision. Visual field testing and optical coherence tomography can determine the extent of any problem, and then can be monitored over time. These tests can be performed by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes disc drusen are associated with retinal problems, but not macular degeneration. ...Read more

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My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

Annual Eye Exams: Drusen can be found in many people. They dont always lead to problems with your vision. Drusen can be a precursor to macular degeneration and is usually found in an older population. They can remain stable or can get worse. There are vitamins that are recommended for persons who have specific type of drusen. This recommendation should come from her eye doctor. ...Read more

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