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How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Frequent in elderly
There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly.
Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment.

In brief: Frequent in elderly
There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly.
Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
I agree with most of the comments above. Not all patients with macular degeneration need to see a retinal specialist. The majority of patients with MD have the atrophic (dry) type which is not amenable to treatment, even by a retinal specialist. All patients with MD should eat a healthy diet, lots of spinach, avoid excessive sunlight exposure, and take a multivitamin, with Lutein. See any eye MD.
Dr. Colin McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Fairly common
Macular degeneration was the most common cause of legal blindness in individuals over 50.
With modern treatment strategies, severe vision loss is much less common, but updated statistics do not yet exist. Some degree of vision impairment usually develops with this chronic degenerative disease over time. The earliest symptoms include delay in adjusting to dim light ; needing more light to read.

In brief: Fairly common
Macular degeneration was the most common cause of legal blindness in individuals over 50.
With modern treatment strategies, severe vision loss is much less common, but updated statistics do not yet exist. Some degree of vision impairment usually develops with this chronic degenerative disease over time. The earliest symptoms include delay in adjusting to dim light ; needing more light to read.
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