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Is macular degeneration genetic?

Is macular degeneration genetic?

Some: There are a few inherited forms especially those in the young and those associated with drusen deposits that have strong inheritance. Less certain is the inheritance pattern of ordinary, older age macular degeneration - the data is still being worked out. You can help protect your macula with a good diet, avoidance of sunlight and stopping smoking. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration curable?

Is macular degeneration curable?

Unfortunately not.: While there are ways to slow or treat the disease processes in age-related macular degeneration, particularly the wet form, there is presently no cure for the disease. ...Read more

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What causes juvenile cataracts or macular degeneration?

What causes juvenile cataracts or macular degeneration?

Juvenile cataracts: Congenital cataract: during pregnancy, mom has infection (ie measles/rubella (the most common cause), rubeola, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, poliomyelitis, influenza, Epstein-Barr virus, syphilis, toxoplasmosis. Juvenile: include, prior trauma, infection, inflammation, JRA. Macular degener: gene mutation-> Stargardt's disease, Best disease, and juvenile retinoschisis ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration curabr?

Is macular degeneration curabr?

See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures right now. ...Read more

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How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?

How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?

Frequent in elderly: There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly. Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Progressive macular pucker 20/30 vision, distortion & glaucoma. Visual fIeld good,nerve damage 30-45%.Would vitrectomy cause glaucoma to progress?

Progressive macular pucker 20/30 vision, distortion & glaucoma. Visual fIeld good,nerve damage 30-45%.Would vitrectomy cause glaucoma to progress?

Possible: Vitrectomy and glaucoma may have an association. It is suspected that glaucoma occurs more often in patients who have had vitrectomy and subsequent cataract surgery. An ongoing clinical trial is aimed to answer this question with more clarity. PROVE Study. http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(14)00344-3/references AND https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01162356 ...Read more

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Can lasik cause lattice degeneration?

Can lasik cause lattice degeneration?

No: LASIK treats the outside of the eye. Lattice degneration is in the peripheral portion of the retina and is totally unrelated. It comes from retinal stretching during development and growth - not from LASIK. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

Wet vs dry macular: They are both bad, but each act differently. wet macular degeneration can cause a sudden dramatic loss of central vision, but has a treatment available to improve the vision if this happens. dry macular degeneration is slow and progressive central vision loss over years that is currently irreversible. ...Read more

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What causes macular degeneration?

What causes macular degeneration?

Genetics: The predisposition for macular degeneration is inherited. It is a very complex disease with several, if not many genetic mutations contributing to risk. Additionally, there are other health factors that modulate disease risk. Most importantly nutrition, but also life style (smoking=bad), etc. Rule of thumb: if something is thought to be good for the heart, it probably also reduces amd risk. ...Read more

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What is stargardts disease (macular degeneration)?

See below: This genetic disease is sometimes called juvenile macular degeneration. This is no effective treatment for this disease that causes loss of central/reading vision. This disease may likely be treated by gene therapy as only 2 different gene defects are known to cause it. ...Read more

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Treatment for dry macular degeneration?

Not yet: While there are several medications as well as stem cell and gene therapies that are currently being investigated, no treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for geographic atrophy, the hallmark of dry amd. High dose anti-oxidant vitamin supplementation has been shown to be helpful in preventing the progression to the wet form of macular degeneration when certain early signs are present. ...Read more

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How does macular degeneration cause floaters?

How does macular degeneration cause floaters?

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

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What is macular degeneration?

What is macular degeneration?

Eye Exam: Dry and wet AMD are diagnosed by a good Ophthalmic exam. If you have any vision loss or problems, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist as soon as possible. In the dry form there are changes in the back of the eye readily seen and in the wet form you can have sudden loss of vision which is treatable if seen ASAP. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50. ...Read more

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When does lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment?

When does lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment?

Sometimes: Lattice degeneration is a condition in which there are atrophic or "thin" areas of the peripheral retina. Occasionally, these areas can tear or form holes. If this occurs , and fluid from the eye goes behind the tear/hole, this can result in a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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How progressive is unilaterlal macular pucker? Corrected vision in that eye is 20/40.Opposite eye no pucker,corrected vision 20/30.Age 69.

How progressive is unilaterlal macular pucker? Corrected vision in that eye is 20/40.Opposite eye no pucker,corrected vision 20/30.Age 69.

Epiretinal membrane: Macular pucker or Epiretinal membrane is caused in many conditions eg. Trauma, Vitreius or Retinal detachment, Diabetes or Retinal vascular episodes Condition can progress to Macular hole and cause visual distortion. Surgical treatment is Vitrectomy and excision if any tension strands. Surgery us not recommended till vision is 20/200! Or worse. You have relatively good vision and no distortion ...Read more

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What is myopic retinal detachment?

What is myopic retinal detachment?

See below: Myopic eyes are longer (axial length) and thus the retina is thinner and potentially more at risk for developing retinal tears and holes that can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Can dry macular degeneration be reversed?

Can dry macular degeneration be reversed?

No: Classic dry older aged macular degeneration is progressive at its own rate. The areds vitamin supplement has been shown to slow the progression but nothing so far reverses the damage. You should be followed for this by a retinal specialist ...Read more

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I have myopic degeneration. Is that pathological myopia? OD: -15D macular pucker OS: -12D 1mm pigment on retina Both:100% PVD w/floaters gnats flashes

I have myopic degeneration. Is that pathological myopia?
OD: -15D macular pucker
OS: -12D 1mm pigment on retina
Both:100% PVD w/floaters gnats flashes

See retina specialit: Do you mean macular degeneration? It appears that you need an eye doctor specialized on the retina and macular. Don't delay another second since your eyesight may depend on it. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration the same as retinal degeneration? My eye reports says Bilateral: Defect is consistent with retinal degeneration. I'm 33.

Not really: Macular degeneration is a type of retinal degeneration found in the senior population that affects only the center of vision. Many other types of retinal degeneration exist from congenital, to acquired, from hereditary to environmental and from severe to minimal. I would be happy to interpret the report if you send me more details. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

What to do if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or Eylea (these injections may be life-long). You must see a retina specialist as soon as possible to determine the type of macular degeneration you have and the need for treatment. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

What do you recommend if I have a disease called macular degeneration in my eye do I need inject of avast for the rest of my life?

If you have the dry: Form then you can decrease your risk of conversion to the wet form by taking the areds 2 formula of eye vitamins and reducing your modifiable risk factors (sun protection, smoking cessation, improved diet, etc.) if you have the wet form then intravitreal injections are effective and the standard of care at this time. This does not necessarily mean you will need treatment indefinitely. ...Read more

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I am a very sad mother. I have a 12 years old son named yangyang. He was diagnosed birth macular degeneration when he was 5. Lately he been feeling dry eyes and eyes pain. I don't know if it's the disease getting worse. I know there is no particular trea

I am a very sad mother. I have a 12 years old son named yangyang. He was diagnosed  birth macular degeneration when he was 5. Lately he been feeling dry eyes and eyes pain. I don't know if it's the disease getting worse. I know there is no particular trea

Macular : Macular degeneration is a serious condition that requires frequent follow up with an eye specialist called an ophthalmologist. If your child is not under care, then you should have him evaluated right away. Dry eyes and pain could mean an infection, and this would require treatment with a prescription medication. In the meantime for the dryness he is experiencing over the counter artificial tears can be used. As far as your comment about being a sad mother, i think you may also benefit from seeking care from a therapist or mental health provider for evaluation and treatment. All the best to you and your son. ...Read more

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What exactly is macular degeneration in the eyes?

HereditaryVisionLoss: Macular degeneration is an inherited predisposition to central vision loss where either extra blood vessels grow and leak ("wet") under the macula (the central part of the retina) or the macula thins (atrophies). ...Read more

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Does macular degeneration start in the center of the eye?

Yes: By definition, macula degeneration involves the macula which is the central retina which controls your central (not peripheral) vision. ...Read more

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What causes scaring in the eye if you have macular degeneration?

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 more

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Failing eye tests. Could it be glaucoma or macular degeneration?

Be seen: It could be many things, including your causes. Be seen by an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is macular degeneration the same as retinal degeneration? My eye reports says Bilateral: Defect is consistent with retinal degeneration. I'm 33.

Not really: Macular degeneration is a type of retinal degeneration found in the senior population that affects only the center of vision. Many other types of retinal degeneration exist from congenital, to acquired, from hereditary to environmental and from severe to minimal. I would be happy to interpret the report if you send me more details. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is age related macular degeneration for eyes?

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Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are two major types-- wet and dry. The dry form progresses slowly, and rarely leads to severe vision loss. The wet form can lead to rapid and severe vision loss. Most of the new therapies available help treat the wet form. Ocuvite preservision areds ii is the leading vitamin formulation for dry macular degeneration. ...Read more

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How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

Not useful: Macular degeneration is a condition, mostly in the elderly, in which the central circulation gradually fails and vision is lost. No surgery known can reverse this process. There are supplements which can be useful and in certain types of macular degeneration, injections may also be useful. ...Read more

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Is it possible that macular degeneration be caused by trauma to the eye?

Not exactly.: Macular degeneration is a progressive degeneration of the macula resulting from age and genetics. Trauma could cause damage or scarring to the macular which would appear like advanced macular degeneration but would not be progressive. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

No: The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain cannot regenerate once you cut it so a transplanted eye would be blind. When people donate their eyes the only part usable is the cornea for a patient whose cornea has scarred up or got damaged. ...Read more

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What are new treatments for eye disorders like macular degeneration?

What are new treatments for eye disorders like macular degeneration?

Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation are the treatment. Here we see aging spots in the macula called drusen and/or loss of tissue called atrophy. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or Eylea are the treatment. Here we see leaking, bleeding, swelling, and scarring in the macula. See a retina specialist. ...Read more

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Eye diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration, what are these caused by?

Eye diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration, what are these caused by?

Multiple factors: The adult form of these are mostly age-related. But things like genetics, environmental factors, overall health and diet, smoking, can make these worse. ...Read more

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Can Macular Degeneration be considered "wet" in absence of blood or water in the eye? Grandmother dx as early wet (occult) but no blood or water seen.

Can Macular Degeneration be considered "wet" in absence of blood or water in the eye? Grandmother dx as early wet (occult) but no blood or water seen.

"Wet": in the description of Macular Degeneration (WMD) refers to EXUDATE, (a combination of fluid plus white blood cells) and is the more "advanced" type. BOTH lead to vision loss but there are optical ways of helping people with this disorder! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Does smoking affect retina or the vitreous (back part) of the eye in anyway other than in macular degeneration?

Does smoking affect retina or the vitreous (back part) of the eye in anyway other than in macular degeneration?

You are correct: Smoking is always a bad thing and is best avoided. The only known problem related to smoking in the back of the eye is the macular area, but we always advise smokers to stop immediately because so many body functions are affected and it is a leading cause of death. ...Read more

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