At what age are you at risk for vision loss from macular degeneration?

50 years. Generally beginning at age 50 at the earliest. There is a strong inherited component; exposure to tobacco also increases risk.
Older age. Macular degeneration is mostly a condition of old age. There are a few inherited forms that can start in the 40's and 50's but most do not appear until the 70's and beyond. The risk is modest but increases with age. Some forms can be modified with treatment so see your retinal specialist if you suspect a problem.

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How soon would macular degeneration that has started to turn WET (occult) lead to vision loss in 93 year old? Days, weeks, months? Urgent help needed

Depends. Unfortunately there is no good answer. I can affect your vision tomorrow with a big bleed or in a few more months. There is no way to predict it. Sorry. Read more...
Variable. Wet AMD is usually successfully treated with injections that clear up the vessels and the fluid leakage. This is not a cure but when successful it then turns into the slow progressing dry form. At age 93, with no vision loss yet, it is likely that good vision will be preserved for many years. Read more...

If an elderly hospital pt who has untreatable macular degeneration reports a further loss of vision then, normally, would it be a waste of time for the hospital to even look into the matter?

Any loss of vision. should be investigated as the cost of low vision societally is huge. However, in many socialized medicine countries, the older the patient, the less public health dollars are available for care to treat 'untreatable' conditions. There is wet and dry AMD. So, in either case, it does warrant further ophthalmological care to prevent against blindness. Read more...

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

There . There are two main classifications of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The dry form is generally less debilitating, slower progressing and more common. The wet form generally has a much more profound effect on vision, is faster in its progression, fortunately less common and can vary greatly in treatment response. Treatment for the wet form can range from laser, a procedure called photodynamic therapy, injections into the eye (a relatively new form of treatment) and surgery. Now, treatment for the dry form is more controversial. It can range from simple observation, controlling one's lipid profile and a specific vitamin therapy. A type of laser procedure called ttt (transpupillary thermotherapy) has been used but with little success and traditional laser photocoagulation is not the procedure of choice for dry macular degeneration. Hope this helps. Read more...
There . There is no firm evidence that laser will prevent progression of vision loss with dry macular degeneration. There have been studies that showed that the drusen (yellow spots in the macula), when treated with laser, decreased in number. It is not known for sure what that means for the future of vision in these patients. Read more...
Standard . Standard of therapy for dry form of degeneration is observation. For the wet form of this condition there are several treatment options, one of which is laser photcoagulation. Read more...
Laser no help. Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula. Read more...

How to improve very poor vision from macular degeneration?

Low vision therapy. Unless the macular degeneration is responsive to injections (avastin, eleya or lucentis) the best course of action is to pursue low vision therapy to help maximize the remaining vision. Read more...

Is the main cause of vision loss in older people glaucoma, diabetes, or macular degeneration?

Depends on age. There is a different spectrum of vision loss in these conditions depending upon age. Diabetes can alter the vision and will affect younger patients but diabetics tend to die from their disease and fail to reach old age. Glaucoma is common throughout older age but mostly is treatable. Macular degeneration is more common in the very elderly who are healthy enough to reach older ages. Read more...
Depends on age. There is a different spectrum of vision loss in these conditions depending upon age. Diabetes can alter the vision and will affect younger patients but diabetics tend to die from their disease and fail to reach old age. Glaucoma is common throughout older age but mostly is treatable. Macular degeneration is more common in the very elderly who are healthy enough to reach older ages. Read more...

Do floaters (in vision) pose a a health risk or sight-loss risk? My family has a history of macular degeneration, I am 20, and especially in bright conditions I notice frequent floaters in my field of vision

Floaters . Floaters are a common occurrence and generally do not pose much risk. However, anyone who develops new onset of floaters or if the floaters worsen, must have a full dilated exam by an ophthalmologist. Given your age, the likelihood of retinal pathology is low, but if you are concerned, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Read more...
Yes. Floaters are usually due to the vitreous jelly in the eye liquefying, leaving behind clumps of debris that cause the floaters. Floaters with or without flashing lights can be a symptom of a retinal tear, which can lead to a retinal detachment and possible loss of vision. You need to be seen by a retina specialist if you have new onset of floaters. Read more...
Yes and no. Floaters can lead to retinal detachment if td they are associated with a retinal tear. Please keep in mind that floaters are no always a sign of retinal tears. But only an eye doctor can tell for sure. There is no association between macular degeneration and vitreous detachment, other than perhaps age. Read more...

Is it fast to lose your vision due to old-age macular degeneration?

Depends. Approximately 90% of people only have the dry form of age-related macular degeneration where the vision loss is slower and usually less significant. However, approximately 10% of people have the wet form where bleeding, swelling, and scarring cause more rapid and more drastic vision loss. There is no treatment that has been shown to be effective for the dry form, but the wet form can be controlled. Read more...
Possibly. "wet" macular degeneration, caused by a leaking blood vessel, can cause vision to deteriorate quickly. If found early, treatment now exists to limit the loss of vision in most cases. "dry" macular degeneration typically occurs much more slowly but may, in the long run, be just as bad. Read more...