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What are maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

What are maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

Macular definitions: Maculopathy is any disorder of the macular area. The most common, age related macular degeneration is about 5% inherited and the rest age related. The macula can be disordered in diabetic retinopathy, serous retinopathy, macular holes and cysts as well as parasitic infections. Consult your ophthalmologist if you suspect a problem. ...Read more

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What is maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

What is maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

Macula: Macula is the central part of the retina that does the fine focus. Maculopathy is when there is a disease process causing damage to macula. That can be from drugs, diabetes, . ... Macular dystrophy can be confusing. Macula is a type of spot. So if it is used in relation to cornea, that is a separate issue. In terms of retina... A disease process that is genetically predestined. ...Read more

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What's stargardts macular dystrophy?

What's stargardts macular dystrophy?

Inherited disease: Stargardts macular dystrophy is usually a bilateral form of macular degeneration which leads to severe central vision loss by the 5th decade of life. The peripheral vision usually remains intact. While it is inherited from both parents, the risks of passing it on to the next generation are quite slim. There is a clinical trial testing the efficacy of stems cells on reversing damage in smd. ...Read more

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Is there a cure now for macular dystrophy?

Is there a cure now for macular dystrophy?

No: Unfortunately, there is no current cure for macular dystrophy. In the future a growth factor therapy or stem cell transplant may be a viable treatment option. ...Read more

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What do people know about macular dystrophy?

What do people know about macular dystrophy?

Retinal condition: Macular dystrophy refers to a group of hereditary conditions which can affect function in the central part of the retina known as the macula. They can lead to loss of central vision over time. Unfortunately, there are no current treatments for macular dystrophy. ...Read more

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What can one do to treat macular dystrophy?

What can one do to treat macular dystrophy?

See retinal doctor: Macular degeneration comes in several forms. It is unlikely at your age. Treatment involves some forms of laser, injectable pharmaceuticals and rarely surgery. A multivitamin supplement is useful. See a retinal specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about occult macular dystrophy?

Can you tell me about occult macular dystrophy?

Wills Eye Hospital: I would suggest you consult a retinal specialist at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for best answer. ...Read more

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Does anyone treat vitelliform macular dystrophy?

Does anyone treat vitelliform macular dystrophy?

See a retina special: There are no treatments for this. In the very small percentage that also get choroidal neovascularization, anti-vegf injections are helpful. This is a disease where gene therapy will theoretically be helpful in the future. ...Read more

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What is the difference between macular dystrophy vs macular degeneration?

Genetics: Macular dystrophy is often cause by a defect in a gene for macular function, while age-related macular degeneration is not (currently known) to be caused by a gene malfunction, but from oxidative damage over time to the macula. Essentially it's genetics vs environment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

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 more

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Please help! What is the difference between macular dystrophy and macular degeneration?

Age of onset.: Typically, macular degeneration occurs in patients older than 55 years, and called age-related. There may be genetic associations as well. However, macular dystrophies are typically rare, inherited disorders occurring earlier in life which usually cause photoreceptor loss in the retina tissue. Both tend to cause central vision loss of varying degree. There is no effective treatment for dystrophy. ...Read more

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I have got macular dystrophy and I am total color blind. My eyes are highly sensative to bright light. What can be one to cure?

I have got macular dystrophy and I am total color blind. My eyes are highly sensative to bright light. What can be one to cure?

Not available yet: You have an inherited degeneration of the macular light receptive cells. Currently no cure is available. Much investigation is underway for these conditions. The best current hope seems to be in the use of stem cells but much work needs to be done. Keep in touch. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment on macular dystrophy in asia?

What are the best treatment on macular dystrophy in asia?

The same everywhere: Ophthalmolgists throughout the world are in constant communication by journals, meetings and the internet. The treatment for macular disease in major cities is the same everywhere. The best plan is to find a good local retinal specialist who can evaluate and treat your condition. ...Read more

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What to do if I have macular dystrophy, photo-phobia and color blindness. Where I'll get best treatment within asia?

What to do if I have macular dystrophy, photo-phobia and color blindness. Where I'll get best treatment within asia?

Lots of geography: Asia is big territory. I would start with an academic ophthalmology center in the country in which you live or are relocating. Most have specialists in your type of problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a group for macular retinal dystrophy?

Can you tell me of a group for macular retinal dystrophy?

Yes: Retinal dystrophies are uncommon or rare, usually inherited conditions. Most retinal specialists are good at diagnosing them. However, if you want an opinion form an expert on the topic, and possibly genetic testing, I suggest you go to a university center with professors interested in macular dystrophies. Some great centers include: stein eye/ucla, uic, hopkins, bascom palmer, etc. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with Fuchs dystrophy. Also have open angle glaucoma & Macular pucker. Are the diseases related to each other or rare to have all 3?

Just diagnosed with Fuchs dystrophy. Also have open angle glaucoma & Macular pucker. Are the diseases related to each other or rare to have all 3?

Not rare: The diseases are not usually related to each other but they are common. Its unfortunate that you have to deal with all three. However, these diseases can be managed well, medically and surgically, and still allow you to have good vision. Open angle glaucoma is generally bilateral, so continue with the evaluations to make sure you start treatment in the left eye when the signs become positive. ...Read more

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What is maculopathy dystrophy and treatment?

Macular dystrophy: Macular stromal dystrophy = inherited condition in cornea that has multiple diffuse corneal deposits with intervening haze, leading to decreases vision. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is maculopathy dystrophy and is there any treatment?

Depends upon type: Macular dystrophies are of many different types ranging from congenital dystrophies to specific macular diseases. A retinal exam by a retinal specialist can determine what you have. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for macular gramular dystrophy 4 eyes?

What is the best treatment for macular gramular dystrophy 4 eyes?

Dystrophy: Best treatment depends on how extensive it is and your vision. What is your vision? Have you ever had PRK? Any other medical issues? There is good treatment. DALK using the big-bubble technique can be useful in treating corneal stromal dystrophies and may help prevent need for Corneal transplants. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more