Macular degeneration--is it always in old people?

See below. Age-related macular degeneration (amd) only occurs in adults after one's forties. Diseases that may look like amd but happen earlier include macular dystrophy, best's disease, stargardt disease, among others. See a retina specialist.
Old? Depends on what you mean by old. Macular degeneration is a condition that happens with the aging process, so every day that you live you are older. Macular degeneration is usually first seen after age 60, but can be sooner. I runs in families (genetic). I believe is all humans live to be 200 years of age we all with have some degree of macular degeneration.

Related Questions

I am 72 years old and have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve remaining vision?

There are 2 kinds. Wet and dry. You need to see a retina specialist, ask your eye doctor for a referral. The dry type is less treatable, the wet one has options.
Two types. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet age-related macular degeneration: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea. See a retina specialist.
Assess Risks. See a retina specialist who can help stage your risk for severe vision loss. This can be done based upon your retinal exam as well as lifestyle (smoking, diet, blood pressure, lipids) and genetics. By doing a cheek swab, we can now stratify your risk of developing advanced stages of amd.

My grandma has macular degeneration will I get it I am 24 years old?

Hopefully not. Try to find out what type of macular degeneration your grandmother has. There are two types, wet and dry amd. Make sure she tells you more about her amd history. Make sure to have your annual visual exam done, with dilated funduscopic examination. Also, discuss this with your eye doctor, so you can work together to protect your eyes. You are young enough to make a difference now.
No. The earliest manifestation of this disease can be seen on a dilated retinal examination in one's forties, not before, assuming the correct diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration. You may or may not be at risk later on in life depending on your genetics.

I am 42 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve vision?

Correct diagnosis? At age 42, you are unlikely to have age-related macular degeneration. That is a disease of people aged 50+. I would see a retina specialist to confirm the diagnosis.
Macular Degen @ 42. As a retinal specialist, I have seen atypical macular degeneration present in the 40's. It is uncommon. Family history can be relevant here. Preserving vision depends on the severity of the amd (age related mac degen). The ared's study indicates that certain nutrients are beneficial to stage 3 and 4 amd. Have regular eye exams with dilation and when indicated Fluorescein angiography and oct.

I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

Yes. Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types.
Yes. 32 yrs is very early age to get amd. Should avoid smoking and high lipid diet. Need to rule out other causes.
? Diagnosis. By definition, people who are 32 don't develop age related macular degeneration. It's worth seeing a retina specialist to see if this is a variant (ie pattern dystrophy). Often, people who develop macular disease at a young age have a familial disposition, so your family members should get checked too.
Not correct. By definition a patient has to be 50 years of age to be diagnosed with age related macular degeneration. At 32, I imagine the signs of macular degeneration were seen called "drusen." There are inherited diseases that cause premature drusen to deposit. The most common is called "Dominant Drusen" and runs in the family. Best to get a second opinion by a reputable retina specialist...

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.
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.

Docs, could a 16 year old have macular degeneration? How does that happen at that age?

See below. A 16 year old can not have age-related macular degeneration. They may have another condition such as Stargardt disease (sometimes called juvenile macular degeneration). This is a genetic disease. Talk to your retina specialist.

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.
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.