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Retinal Pigment Epithelium Atrophy
If lattice degeneration is area of atrophy of peripheral retinal pigment epithelium, can it be considered analogous to atrophy of skin epithelium?
Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more
RPE: The retinal pigment epithelium, or rpe, is a layer of the retina just below the photoreceptors, also known as the rods and cones. The rpe takes care of these photoreceptor cells and is therefore very important in visual function. There are many eye diseases that occur primarily in this layer. ...Read more
Looks similar to AMD: Pattern dystrophy is a heterogeneous group of dominantly inherited macular disease. It has patterns of deposits of yellow, orange, or pigment changes in the macular area. It may be difficult to differentiate from AMD in late stages. Some may develop Choroidal neovascular membranes. ...Read more
Many functions: The RPE is a layer underneath the retina that serves many roles. Its many functions include light absorption, epithelial transport, spatial ion buffering, visual cycle, phagocytosis, secretion and immune modulation. Without it, the retina degenerates as in various diseases including AMD. ...Read more
After eye exam today, I was told I have a very small white spot, called retinal pigment epithelium drop out. However, the dr was not concerned at all. Should I be?
RPE dropout okay: Is a finding that may be quite common and not necessarily associated with anything wrong. As retinal specialists, we pay attention to the pigmentation changes especially in the macula. The rpe "dropout" lesions are usually pretty static and do not progress with time. We like to note where they are though. Pigment density is decreased in some retinal diseases. ...Read more
Can lattice degeneration be thought of (seen) as warts on the pigment epithelium of peripheral retina?
Atrophic hole, No: An atrophic hole in the retina is usually not considered to be dangerous. A full thickness atrophic hole can be treated with laser to stabilize it if the surgeon feels that it is a threat and may progress to a detachment. If it progresses to a detachment, that is serious. ...Read more
Inherited eye diseas: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a group of similar-appearing eye diseases that are hereditary in nature and can lead to blindness. There is no known effective treatment at this time. Rp often causes night blindness and reduction of peripheral vision. More advanced disease causes loss of central vision. The genetic defect in some autosomal dominant forms of rp is known. ...Read more
Vision blurred. Came to norm 5-20 minutes. I'm on many meds, contrib factor? Mom had Retinal atrophy. Poss Cause? I'm54F use glss for distance & read
They are called: Rod photoreceptors.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do atrophic retinal holes caused by lattice retinal degeneration produce any symptoms if no traction? How to tell if new one / when to go in?
No symptoms. Flash: Atrophic Holes usually cause no symptoms. Flashing lights in the peripheral vision often indicates retinal traction which increases one's risk of retinal tear especially in patients with lattice degeneration and atrophic holes. Increased flashes and floaters are an indication for peripheral retina exam by a qualified ophthalmologist. ...Read more
10 yo daughter has pigmentation on retina both eyes. Found at age 5. No known family hx of RP. No changes in visual fields. Could it be RP?
Is a genetic disorder with AR form of inheritance involving 50 or more genes. Mutation in the genes prevent making of proteins for photorecepters and causes difficulty in vision at night and peripheral vision
your child needs to be checked by a pediatric ophthalmologist so he can check her peripheral vision ...Read more