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Macular Degeneration Night Blindness Difference
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more
No.: Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects only the macula, that portion of the retina that gives us central vision, e.g. Reading vision. The macula gives us central vision and color vision. Night blindness is not a clinical diagnosis, but can be a symptom of a variety of retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa or congenital diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can you send me a link for any clinical trials being done for dry macular degeneration that leads to total blindness?
Clinical trials: I did a quick search for "clinical trials macular degeneration" and found following links: http://www.amd.org/what-is-macular-degeneration/dry-amd/clinical-trials-for-dry-amd/; https://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/96/macular-degeneration; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/services/macular_degeneration_center/clinicalresearch.html & https://clinicaltrials.gov Good luck ...Read more
In some: For people who have macular degeneration of intermediate or high risk of progression (something your eye doctor can determine by exam), than the areds formula of vitamins has been proven to decrease the risk of severe vision loss by 25%. For those with mild findings, only a family history of amd but a normal exam and the general public, the eye vitamins have not been proven beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can an 83 year old woman with dementia and macular degeneration (legally blind) do and remain safe?
See Below: There are several questions to consider: living environment, activities of daily living, having a caregiver around. Have you considered long-term care -- this way her environment will be relatively safe, she will be administered medication. It's a tough decision to make, but ask for the input from her primary care physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration and the person will go totally blind, right?
AREDS 2 Supplements: The rate of dry macular degeneration can be slowed by cessation of smoking, controlling your blood pressure, and taking vitamin supplements. The vitamin formula that has been study is called AREDS2 and regular usage slows the rate of degeneration by about 1/3. The AREDS 2 stands for age related eye disease study 2 and was performed by the national eye institute. The vitamins are widely available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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