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Is Macular Degeneration Caused By Trauma
Sometimes: Large studies published suggest that diabetes and primary open angle glaucoma (poag) are not related. Then other studies suggest that diabetes and poag are related. Without a doubt neovascular glaucoma and diabetic diabetes are related. Easy thing to do is when you get your diabetes exam. Ask your doctor to examine you for both glaucomas. By the way normal eye pressure does not exclude disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes & yes, but . . .: Yes, arthritis of neck can be due to wear & tear brought about by aging. And it can also be brought about by injuries sustained during aging process. But 28yo seems like a pretty young age to be worried about aging and concomitant issues, unless you're a retired football player or someone else who's sustained repetitive trauma to neck. ...Read more
No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorough history and examination by a neurologist can help address for you whether you might already have ms, or simply optic neuritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The retina of a myopic person tends to be thinner and thus more easily torn or detached. Myopic eyes tend to have a higher chance of retinal pathology, like lattice degeneration or atrophic retinal holes, that also put them at risk. So myopia is really a risk factor rather than a cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: This speech rhythm and rate disorder affects 5% of children aged 2 - 5. It may last for several weeks to several years. Stuttering tends to run in families and genes that cause stuttering have been identified. There is evidence that stuttering may be a result of some unusual brain injuries, such as stroke or traumatic brain injuries. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually not.: There are muscles inside the eyes that contract when near work (like reading) is being performed. Prolonged periods of such contraction can lead to eye strain and headaches; glasses can support those muscles so they don't have to work as hard. Shortsightedness, or myopia, is inablility to focus at distance. Generally things up close are in focus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could optic nerve edema which resulted in permanent partial vision loss be caused by fibromuscular dysplasia. ?
Possibly: "when fibromuscular dysplasia develops in the arteries that supply blood to the brain (carotid arteries), the condition can cause neurological symptoms, including the following: blurred vision or vision loss dizziness (vertigo)headacheneck pain ringing in the ears (tinnitus) fibromuscular dysplasia that affects the carotid arteries can cause serious complications, such as stroke"--mayo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Broken blood vessel?: Patients with dry eyes and allergies can rub their eyes and experience recurrent broken blood vessels from the physical trauma of rubbing the eyes. In some patients it can be due to elevated inr (too much coumadin) or excessive use of Aspirin or ibuprofen. Treating the dry eye or allergies can reduce this. If you have easy bruising or bleeding, check with your primary care doctor. ...Read more
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
Yes: Chronic poorly controlled liver disease can lead to a condition of brain injury called hepatocerebral degneration. This is not to be confused with the delirum that is seen with liver failure and is reversible ( hepatic encephalopathy). Hepatocerebral degeneration is a less reversible problem seen after years of advanced liver disease and has features like parkinson's disease, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: The cause (trigger) for this condition, which is age related, is unknown. We know the effects, have some treatments available, and there is really extensive research in the cause but no positive results so far. A few are inherited but most have no obvious inheritance pattern. This is treated by retinal specialists who should be consulted if you are having problems. ...Read more
Aging: There is still no clear single cause for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is a disease of geriatric. The incident is highest among those over 70. Genetic may play a role. Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of progression of the disease. Other conditions have also been cited such as cardiovascular disease. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Macular degeneration describes a lot of conditions potentially. Some are single gene genetic disorders such as stargardt macular dystrophy. The most common cause is age-related macular degeneration. The condition has a strong genetic association (many genes involved). Other factors such as age, smoking, diet and other health factors contribute to its causation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Number of factors: Macular degeneration (amd) is primarily an age-related disease (age 50+), but there are genetic and environmental factors that contribute to age of onset and severity. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack) are also risk factors for amd. Smoking is the top modifiable risk factor. Of course, there is a lot we still don't understand about amd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Macular degeneration: Is when the layer of cells of the back of the retina do not function well, leaving deposits called drusen mostly in the central vision area, the macula. This is caused by the age ing process, things that can damage the retina cells, ie uv light, and can be related to nutritional deficiencies. This entity is called age related macular degeneration( amd). Risk factors include old age, family histor. ...Read more
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
Are there any conditions other than macular degeneration that cause lines to look wavy in your vision?
Can dry macular degeneration turn into the wet form? I've read that it sometimes happens, but it doesn't make sense to me. Don't the two forms of macular degeneration have different causes?
Macular degeneration: Nearly everyone who has wet amd initially had the dry form. There is definitely a progression from the dry type to the wet type. This is why high dose antioxidant vitamins and zinc is recommended for people with high risk dry amd - your eye md will be able to tell with a dilated retinal exam. As we learn more about the genetics of amd it is clear that there may be subtypes with different causes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Which form of macular degeneration is more serious? L was recently diagnosed with the dry form of macular degeneration. Is this form more or less likely to cause vision loss or other problems than the wet form?
This : This is actually an interesting question. The answer is that both forms cause vision loss. Dry mac degen causes a slow progression, so this is better in some ways. On the other hand, there is no treatment for the dry form, so the end result may be very severe loss of vision. Wet md causes a more sudden loss of vision due to bleeding or swelling. There is treatment, in the form of injected medications, that can halt the progression, and in 50% of patients may actually cause some improvement! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
Highly variable. : Most patients with macular degeneration have the dry type and suffer mild decrease in vision. However, macular degeneration is likely to cause significant vision loss if wet. If diagnosed and treated in early stages, most cases will have fair prognosis, even if wet. However, some cases may cause immediate loss of vision by a hemorrhage, while others may take years to progress to blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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