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Macular Degeneration Vs Glaucoma
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
There is a family history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, how likely will it be that i will get that?
My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean i will go blind too?
Timolol eye drops: are used to lower eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. Side effects are mostly due to the timolol getting in your system through your tear drainage system. They include shortness of breath, low heart rate, tiredness, dry mouth, and decreased libido. The preservatives in these types of drops can cause eye redness, irritation, and blurry vision. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery for glucoma and macular degeneration of the eye?
After images. : Light flashes in the eye after laser surgery are most likely after images. Usually they go away. Laser is used for glaucoma, diabetes, and retinal tears. It is less often used these days in macular degeneration. Light flashes can also be caused by retinal traction and impending retinal tear. A good thorough retinal exam will eliminate most causes for concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Decreased vision: Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vision changes: The first symptom most people experience with macular degeneration is a change in vision. An amsler grid is a simple screening tool available for home use that can allow patients who are at risk for macular degeneration to monitor for such changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wet and Dry: There are two general forms: dry about 85% which is the slow breakdown of macular pigment and vision decrease. The wet form has a more rapid progression with formation of new blood vessels, severe vision loss and occasionally intraocular hemorrhage. There are new medications which can address this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very rare: The common type of macular degeneration is called amd, standing for "age-related macular degeneration", and the age is old age, usually over 60. However, there are rarer conditions of the retina that can lead to degeneration. Stargardt's disease, retinitis pigmentosa, pattern dystrophies of the retinal pigment epithelium, retinal cone dystrophies, and familial drusen can affect teens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fairly common: Macular degeneration was the most common cause of legal blindness in individuals over 50. With modern treatment strategies, severe vision loss is much less common. Some degree of vision impairment usually develops with this chronic degenerative disease over time. The earliest symptoms include delay in adjusting to dim light ; needing more light to read. Visual acuity decline follows. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
AREDS vitamins: The national eye institute did a study that showed that a particular vitamin formula called areds can help reduce progression of macular degenration in people with high risk characteristics. You should see your ophthalmologist to determine if you have these characteristics. There are particular eye vitamins that your eye md may recommend for your general ocular health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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