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What is lattice degeneration of the eye?

What is lattice degeneration of the eye?

Retina thinning: There are two types. Lattice dystrophy of the cornea is an uncommon cause of cornea clouding. Lattice degeneration of the retina are areas of thinning in the peripheral retina. Usually they don't cause any problems. They can however be thin enough to tear and cause a retinal detachment. If you have new floaters or flashes of light in your peripheral vision, see an ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macular degeneration?

What are the causes of macular degeneration?

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 more

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What are the causes of eye floaters?

What are the causes of eye floaters?

Floaters: A posterior vitreous detachment causes floaters. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read more

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What exactly is macular degeneration in the eyes?

HereditaryVisionLoss: Macular degeneration is an inherited predisposition to central vision loss where either extra blood vessels grow and leak ("wet") under the macula (the central part of the retina) or the macula thins (atrophies). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for age related macular degeneration of retina?

ARMD: Armd or age related macular degeneration can only be treated in the wet form and the most common and effective treatment is an injection in the eye. Certain vitamin supplements can slow the progression, see areds study i and ii. ...Read more

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What is the cause of eye floaters?

What is the cause of eye floaters?

Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see floaters that weren't there before, or if you have flashes of light in the periphery of your vision, it's best to get checked out asap by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to rule out retinal tears, which can lead to (vision-threatening) retinal detachments. ...Read more

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What is macular degeneration? What are the causes of this?

What is macular degeneration? What are the causes of this?

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

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What are the causes of blurriness in glaucoma?

What are the causes of blurriness in glaucoma?

Several factors: The major cause of blurred vision from glaucoma is related to damage to the optic nerve. The visual information it sends to the brain is not as crisp since some of the "wires" within the nerve are lost. It is similar to a television cable that has been paritally cut, causing the t.V. Image to be less sharp. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of eye floaters?

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. New floaters should be examined under dilation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Symptoms of macular degeneration may include: decreased central vision, distortion of straight lines, poor light tolerance and dark adaptation and in very severe cases visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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What is the known cause of macular degeneration?

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 more

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What are the causes of the blurriness in glaucoma?

What are the causes of the blurriness in glaucoma?

Early on: It's contrast sensitivity loss ganglion cell death leads to info from the eye not getting sent to the brain. ...Read more

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What is symptom of macular degeneration?

What is symptom of macular degeneration?

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 more

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What are glaucoma diseases of the eye?

What are glaucoma diseases of the eye?

Over 100 types: There are many types of glaucoma and not all have elevated pressure. Glaucoma is nerve damage in the eye that can cause permanent vision loss. Open angle and narrow angle are the most common types of the disease. Glaucoma is treatable and if found in early stages, vision loss can be prevented. ...Read more

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What are the causes of blindness in one eye?

What are the causes of blindness in one eye?

Depends: All depend on the cause of your blindness.Some are trasient or temporary.Others are permanent.See an experienced ophthamolosist. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Vision loss: The major effect of progressive, age related macular degeneration (AMD), is loss of central vision over time. There can be bleeding which usually can be treated with favorable results. The major complication is actually changes in lifestyle such as inability to drive, that comes about from the loss of vision. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cataracts?

What are the causes of cataracts?

Usually age: If you live long enough, you will get cataracts--not everyone is bothered by cataracts or needs surgery to remove them. Cataracts can also be present at birth or may be caused by certain medical conditions, like diabetes. In addition, a cataract may be caused by an injury or as a side effect of other eye surgery. ...Read more

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What are the forms of age-related macular degeration?

2 forms: There is a dry and wet kind. Dry is far more common and less severe and happens when the macula (central part of the retina) starts to 'crumble'. Wet is less common and happens when new blood vessels grow under the macula and leak fluid and blood. This causes significant vision loss, but there are new treatments for it. Ask you eye doc. ...Read more

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What are the stages of wet macular degeneration?

What are the stages of wet macular degeneration?

Stages of mac degen: The areds severity scale has been used to classify dry macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration does not have such linear demarcations. It is categorized into classical cnv and occult cnv. There are several subtypes of occult. There are two variants of amd, (retinal angiomatous proliferation) RAP and pcv (polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy). Findings associated with wet amd are critical. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

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 more

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