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Chronic Alcoholism Cause Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration: The usual risk factors are positive family history, cigarette smoking, far sightedness, light iris color, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, female gender, heart disease , and of course aging. To my knowledge alcoholism in a parent doesn't cause macular degeneration in their children, unless the above risk factors apply to the children. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more
Are there any conditions other than macular degeneration that cause lines to look wavy in your vision?
Absolutely not: Recent evidence however suggests that if you develop the wet form of macular degeneration, you may bleed more in the macula (aspirin is a blood thinner). This has to be weighed against the benefits of being on daily Aspirin to the rest of your body. Do not stop your Aspirin on your own. Talk to your primary care doctor and your retina specialist and see what they say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Retinal breakdown: Scarring the in the maculae can occur in both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration. Usually, it is problematic in the wet form when there is leakage of serum or blood from new blood vessels that cause inflammation and retinal scarring - here the prognosis is guarded. In advanced forms of dry macular degeneration there can be scarring as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A disease: Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease that affects the rods and cones (photoreceptors) in the retina. The degeneration and death of these is multifactorial. Changes in nutrition, blood flow, heredity, ultraviolet exposure all increase your risks for the disease. Best defense: UV protection, good diet high in green leafy vegetables, multivitamin with lutein-- and don't get a day older. ...Read more
AMD: There are multiple causes of macular degeneration and are usually age and history dependent. Most commonly in those over 55 is age-related macular degeneration. In younger patients, there may be hereditary causes. Trauma, infection and inflammation may also cause various forms of macular degeneration as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ARMD Floaters?: Floaters are of two primary types--lets call them "fixed" or stationary floaters (also called scotomas) and "mobile" floaters. ARMD usually causes fixed floaters, not mobile floaters, and does so by damaging part of the retina to produce a blind spot or multiple blind spots by distorting the surface of the retina and damaging it. You are probably much too young for ARMD but discuss with eye doc. ...Read more
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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