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Causes Of Macular Degeneration
Unknown: The cause (trigger) for this condition, which is age related, is unknown. We know the effects, have some treatments available, and there is really extensive research in the cause but no positive results so far. A few are inherited but most have no obvious inheritance pattern. This is treated by retinal specialists who should be consulted if you are having problems. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
To some degree: Macular degeneration is a wide spectrum of conditions where the tissue in the back of the eye changes with time. In most types where there is primarily gradual loss of function there is no real cure currently. In the "wet" types there is growth of scar tissue. These types may be helped significantly with injections of a variety of drugs into the eye to suppress the growth of the scar tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two types: 1. Dry: areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea. There is no prevention, only treatment (and no cure). See an eye doctor regularly (screening), and see a retina specialist if you are diagnosed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of vision: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. The photoreceptors in the film layer of the eye (retina) make by-products that are normally removed from the eye. In macular degeneration, there is an accumulation of by-products that eventually damage the center of the film layer, and thus central vision. Although there is no cure, new treatments are being evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatable yes: Mac deg is treatable but not curable. Once diagnosed it is a chronic condition that does not go away. Treatment is aimed at prevention of further damage, whether early on with vitamins, or in active later phases with different injections. It needs to be continually monitored by a qualified eye physician. Also once diagnosed, can be monitored for change at home with an amsler grid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are two major types-- wet and dry. The dry form progresses slowly, and rarely leads to severe vision loss. The wet form can lead to rapid and severe vision loss. Most of the new therapies available help treat the wet form. Ocuvite preservision areds ii is the leading vitamin formulation for dry macular degeneration. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Technically yes: In general when people use the term 'macular degeneration' they are referring to the age-related form, but technically there are other types. Age-related macular degeneration is by far the most common, and the other and more rare forms are often hereditary and present much earlier in life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No known connection: Fibromyalgia specifically causes generalized muscle pain and fatigue. There is not an association between loss of visual ability or blindness and fibromyalgia. There are many different medications used to treat fibromyalgia and none cause blindness. Blindness, if temporary is more likely to be related to migraine. This is something else. If the vision loss in in one eye or just started dial 911. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Multiple sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease resulting in destruction of the covering (myelin sheaths) around nervous tissue (nerves and brain). It affects the optic nerves and vision through this destruction and can cause optic neuritis, decreased vision, visual field defects, color vision abnormalities, and other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BUT, Rx Available!!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro). After they've been maximized & stronger meds are needed to adequately manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Tailor rx with side effects in mind for each person. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Eye Exam: Dry and wet AMD are diagnosed by a good Ophthalmic exam. If you have any vision loss or problems, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist as soon as possible. In the dry form there are changes in the back of the eye readily seen and in the wet form you can have sudden loss of vision which is treatable if seen ASAP. AMD usually occurs past the age of 50. ...Read more
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