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

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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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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What is the difference between macular degeneration and night blindness?

Well, : Night blindness is congenital, due to disease of the rods. Macular is a disease of the central retina, due to degeneration of the membrane that nourishes it. ...Read more

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Are macular degeneration and night blindness the same thing?

No.: Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects only the macula, that portion of the retina that gives us central vision, e.g. Reading vision. The macula gives us central vision and color vision. Night blindness is not a clinical diagnosis, but can be a symptom of a variety of retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa or congenital diseases. ...Read more

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How long will it take macular degeneration to cause blindness?

How long will it take macular degeneration to cause blindness?

Highly variable. : Most patients with macular degeneration have the dry type and suffer mild decrease in vision. However, macular degeneration is likely to cause significant vision loss if wet. If diagnosed and treated in early stages, most cases will have fair prognosis, even if wet. However, some cases may cause immediate loss of vision by a hemorrhage, while others may take years to progress to blindness. ...Read more

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Question about going blind. Do vitamins really prevent macular degeneration?

Question about going blind. Do vitamins really prevent macular degeneration?

In some: For people who have macular degeneration of intermediate or high risk of progression (something your eye doctor can determine by exam), than the areds formula of vitamins has been proven to decrease the risk of severe vision loss by 25%. For those with mild findings, only a family history of amd but a normal exam and the general public, the eye vitamins have not been proven beneficial. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology: There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration and the person will go totally blind, right?

AREDS 2 Supplements: The rate of dry macular degeneration can be slowed by cessation of smoking, controlling your blood pressure, and taking vitamin supplements. The vitamin formula that has been study is called AREDS2 and regular usage slows the rate of degeneration by about 1/3. The AREDS 2 stands for age related eye disease study 2 and was performed by the national eye institute. The vitamins are widely available. ...Read more

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Does macular degeneration lead to blindness?

Does macular degeneration lead to blindness?

Sometimes: Macular degeneration may cause little to no symptoms for some people, and central blindness in others. Fortunately the peripheral vision is not involved and is spared from the disease, so a patient is not completely blind. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between blindness and age-related macular degeneration?

What is the relationship between blindness and age-related macular degeneration?

Damage retina: Armd causes damage to the rods and cones of the retina. You need rods and cones to see. If its damaged you have blindness. ...Read more

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Can you send me a link for any clinical trials being done for dry macular degeneration that leads to total blindness?

Can you send me a link for any clinical trials being done for dry macular degeneration that leads to total blindness?

Clinical trials: I did a quick search for "clinical trials macular degeneration" and found following links: http://www.amd.org/what-is-macular-degeneration/dry-amd/clinical-trials-for-dry-amd/; https://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/96/macular-degeneration; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/services/macular_degeneration_center/clinicalresearch.html & https://clinicaltrials.gov Good luck ...Read more

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My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean i will go blind too?

Probably not: Both of these are typically slow developing diseases and can be identified early if you obtain routine visits with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more


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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision is a symptom in which a person loses some or all ability to see, either in one or both eyes. Loss of vision can be temporary or permanent, and ...Read more