What are maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

Macular definitions. Maculopathy is any disorder of the macular area. The most common, age related macular degeneration is about 5% inherited and the rest age related. The macula can be disordered in diabetic retinopathy, serous retinopathy, macular holes and cysts as well as parasitic infections. Consult your ophthalmologist if you suspect a problem.
Age related vs hered. I am sorry i answered the next question on my smart phone - not very smart answer - excuse me. (i deleted the previous answer - it was for the next question) maculopathy is age related vs macular dystrophy is hereditary. Maculopathy is a general term for any disease of the macula.

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What is maculopathy and macular dystrophy?

Macuolathy/dystrophy. Maculopathy is a medical term used to describe a very small oart of the back of the eye centrally that can be responsible for 90% of your focusing ability. Macular dystrphy is a term for changes in the cornea in front of the eye. This is the clear dome shaped tissue that is like a watch crystal. Read more...
Macula. Macula is the central part of the retina that does the fine focus. Maculopathy is when there is a disease process causing damage to macula. That can be from drugs, diabetes, .... Macular dystrophy can be confusing. Macula is a type of spot. So if it is used in relation to cornea, that is a separate issue. In terms of retina... A disease process that is genetically predestined. Read more...

Whats stargardts macular dystrophy?

Inherited disease. Stargardt disease is a autosomal recessive, inherited, disease that primarily affects the central vision by means of a mutation in the abca4 gene that helps recycle proteins used in the detection of light by the cells in the retina. Read more...
Inherited disease. Stargardts macular dystrophy is usually a bilateral form of macular degeneration which leads to severe central vision loss by the 5th decade of life. The peripheral vision usually remains intact. While it is inherited from both parents, the risks of passing it on to the next generation are quite slim. There is a clinical trial testing the efficacy of stems cells on reversing damage in smd. Read more...

Is there a cure now for macular dystrophy?

No. Unfortunately, there is no current cure for macular dystrophy. In the future a growth factor therapy or stem cell transplant may be a viable treatment option. Read more...

What do people know about macular dystrophy?

Retinal condition. Macular dystrophy refers to a group of hereditary conditions which can affect function in the central part of the retina known as the macula. They can lead to loss of central vision over time. Unfortunately, there are no current treatments for macular dystrophy. Read more...

What can one do to treat macular dystrophy?

See retinal doctor. Macular degeneration comes in several forms. It is unlikely at your age. Treatment involves some forms of laser, injectable pharmaceuticals and rarely surgery. A multivitamin supplement is useful. See a retinal specialist for evaluation and treatment. Read more...
No current treatment. There are no current treatments for macular dystrophy although various avenues are being investigated. For now, low vision evaluation may help with your function. Read more...

Can you tell me about occult macular dystrophy?

Wills Eye Hospital. I would suggest you consult a retinal specialist at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for best answer. Read more...

Does anyone treat vitelliform macular dystrophy?

Not to my knowledge. Vitelliform macular dystrophy causes a fatty yellow pigment (lipofuscin) to build up in cells underlying the macula. This causes central vision loss or distortion. Peripheral and night vision usually ok. Considered a genetic disorder. Consult your local opthalmologist for potential treatments being developed. Read more...
See a retina special. There are no treatments for this. In the very small percentage that also get choroidal neovascularization, anti-vegf injections are helpful. This is a disease where gene therapy will theoretically be helpful in the future. Read more...