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Can you tell me the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

Can you tell me the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration: A dystrophy is something a person is born with. A degeneration is an acquired condition that occurs as a person ages. Macular degeneration is a disease of older people, whereby the macula suffers progressive damage and the patient suffers visual loss, either slowly or rapidly. A macular dystrophy usually shows up earlier in life, with variable visual consequences, depending on the disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Macular Degeneration (Definition)

Genetic disease affecting the central vision in some older adults. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet age-related macular degeneration: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like ...Read more


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Can you tell me the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration: A dystrophy is something a person is born with. A degeneration is an acquired condition that occurs as a person ages. Macular degeneration is a disease of older people, whereby the macula suffers progressive damage and the patient suffers visual loss, either slowly or rapidly. A macular dystrophy usually shows up earlier in life, with variable visual consequences, depending on the disorder. ...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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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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Can you compare and contrast the differences between glaucoma and macular degeneration?

Can you compare and contrast the differences between glaucoma and macular degeneration?

Eye diseases: Both are incurable. Both have recommended treatment algorithms. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that generally affects peripheral vision first and moves inward late in disease to affect center vision. Macular degeneration is a disease of the macula (center of vision), that slowly robs the ability to read and see centrally without affecting peripheral vision. Both generally aging diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between macular degeneration & epiretinal membrane?

Totally different: Macualr degeneration is a condition that directly affects layers of the retina in the back of these that are responsible for light sensing (outer segments and RPE). The condition is usually present in the setting of having genetic suseptability. Epiretinal membrane grows on the inner surface of the retina. Is causes secondary retinal swelling and distortion affecting vision. ...Read more

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What is the difference between macular degeneration and night blindness?

Well, : Night blindness is congenital, due to disease of the rods. Macular is a disease of the central retina, due to degeneration of the membrane that nourishes it. ...Read more

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What exactly is macular degeneration?

Two types: This is a failure of the maintainance of the health of vessels supplying the critical, central portion of the retina. In the 'wet' form, the vessels leak and can cause sudden, profound vision loss. The dry form vessels slowly dry up, leading to gradual vision loss. Meds to treat the wet form are available and if successful, convert you to the dry form. Use the areds supplement to slow it down. ...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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