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Drusen (Overview)

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).


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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

Drusen (Overview)

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).


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What is the definition or description of: drusen?

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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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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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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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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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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