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Can there be a young persons macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Yes

But not classic age related macular degeneration.
There are a few inherited maculopathies which are forms of macular degeneration which might show up in the teen through 30's age range. These can be quite profound and handicapping but fortunately rare. If you have suspicion about this, you should see your ophthalmologist without delay.

In brief: Yes

But not classic age related macular degeneration.
There are a few inherited maculopathies which are forms of macular degeneration which might show up in the teen through 30's age range. These can be quite profound and handicapping but fortunately rare. If you have suspicion about this, you should see your ophthalmologist without delay.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice

In brief: Stargardt's Mac. Deg

Yes, a rare form of macular degeneration is stargardt macular dystrophy which begins to damage both eyes as early as 6yo although visual impairment may not be apparent until 30-40.
The onset of 'fundus flavimaculatus' variation may begin at 20. Children first notice difficulty in reading, complaining of gray, black or hazy spots in the center of their vision. It's best to see an ophthomologist.

In brief: Stargardt's Mac. Deg

Yes, a rare form of macular degeneration is stargardt macular dystrophy which begins to damage both eyes as early as 6yo although visual impairment may not be apparent until 30-40.
The onset of 'fundus flavimaculatus' variation may begin at 20. Children first notice difficulty in reading, complaining of gray, black or hazy spots in the center of their vision. It's best to see an ophthomologist.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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