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Does macular degeneration lead to blindness?

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Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Macular degeneration may cause little to no symptoms for some people, and central blindness in others.
Fortunately the peripheral vision is not involved and is spared from the disease, so a patient is not completely blind.

In brief: Sometimes

Macular degeneration may cause little to no symptoms for some people, and central blindness in others.
Fortunately the peripheral vision is not involved and is spared from the disease, so a patient is not completely blind.
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Macular degeneration can and does lead to blindness.
It is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly.

In brief: Yes

Macular degeneration can and does lead to blindness.
It is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad
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Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Ophthalmology

In brief: Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is more commonly dry in form. Patients often maintain good vision.
Sometimes there can be a gradual loss of vision and change in amsler grid. If there is a sudden loss of vision, this can signal development of wet macular degeneration w bleeding and you should report to ophthalmologist immediately since there are new medicines to treat this, especially if caught early.

In brief: Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is more commonly dry in form. Patients often maintain good vision.
Sometimes there can be a gradual loss of vision and change in amsler grid. If there is a sudden loss of vision, this can signal development of wet macular degeneration w bleeding and you should report to ophthalmologist immediately since there are new medicines to treat this, especially if caught early.
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: It can

Depending on the type, it can either not affect vision much or lead to severe vision loss.
For example, geographic atrophy can cause scarring in the macula leading to poor vision but not complete blindness. Wet amd can lead to scarring membranes and fluid buildup that also severely impairs vision but has a lot of new therapies now. Also many other treatments such as telescopes and retinal chip.

In brief: It can

Depending on the type, it can either not affect vision much or lead to severe vision loss.
For example, geographic atrophy can cause scarring in the macula leading to poor vision but not complete blindness. Wet amd can lead to scarring membranes and fluid buildup that also severely impairs vision but has a lot of new therapies now. Also many other treatments such as telescopes and retinal chip.
Dr. Robert Chang
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