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Eye diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and cataracts are all in older people, right?

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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Age Related

All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people.

In brief: Age Related

All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Not always

Macular degeneration predominantly affects older people, but other retinal disorders can affect those who are younger. Retinal detachment is more common among older, but definitely occurs in younger patients, esp in setting of strong near-sightedness, trauma or underlying changes in the retina.
Cataracts, again, more common in the elderly, but can even be seen at birth.

In brief: Not always

Macular degeneration predominantly affects older people, but other retinal disorders can affect those who are younger. Retinal detachment is more common among older, but definitely occurs in younger patients, esp in setting of strong near-sightedness, trauma or underlying changes in the retina.
Cataracts, again, more common in the elderly, but can even be seen at birth.
Dr. Rebecca Dale
Dr. Rebecca Dale
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: No but

Retinal detachment can occur at any age as can catsracts.
There are over 50 types of catarects andthey can be present without initial signs or symtoms.

In brief: No but

Retinal detachment can occur at any age as can catsracts.
There are over 50 types of catarects andthey can be present without initial signs or symtoms.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Michael Mund
Ophthalmology

In brief: Any age

All 3 may occur at any age from various causes, but macula degeneration and cataracts increase in frequency with advancing age.

In brief: Any age

All 3 may occur at any age from various causes, but macula degeneration and cataracts increase in frequency with advancing age.
Dr. Michael Mund
Dr. Michael Mund
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