Is macular degeneration the same as retinal degeneration? My eye reports says Bilateral: Defect is consistent with retinal degeneration. I'm 33.

Not really. Macular degeneration is a type of retinal degeneration found in the senior population that affects only the center of vision. Many other types of retinal degeneration exist from congenital, to acquired, from hereditary to environmental and from severe to minimal. I would be happy to interpret the report if you send me more details.

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I have hemorrhage supertemporal to eye. Retina Dr didn't mention, but does its presence mean that I could get or have macular degeneration?

See note. Associates answer is appropriate if you mean this is on eye and not supra temporal meaning near your eye brow. Read more...
Retinal hemorrage. It matters what caused the hemorrhage and where it is eg. subretinal. If you have diabetic proliferative retinopathy causing hemorrhages, you are at risk of glaucoma, retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, and macular edema. The treatment is laser surgery. Supratemporal are the most common. Macular degen risks include fam hist ,BP, sun exposure, poor diet, obesity, inactivity., light eyes. Read more...
Not on eye. If the hemorrhage is superotemporal to the eye, then it is not on the eye and also not related to macular degeneration. If there is bleeding in or under the retina inside the eye, then a cause would need to be determined. Read more...

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

Any age. All 3 may occur at any age from various causes, but macula degeneration and cataracts increase in frequency with advancing age. Read more...
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. Read more...
Age Related. All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people. Read more...
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. Read more...

Does smoking affect retina or the vitreous (back part) of the eye in anyway other than in macular degeneration?

Yes. Yes, there is some evidence that smoking can be associated with macular degeneration changes for sure. Read more...
There is little. Proof that smoking alone affects the retina or vitreous, other than making macular degeneration worse or causing optic nerve problems (rare). Smoking does promote cataract progression, and is generally very unhealthy and should be avoided! Read more...
You are correct. Smoking is always a bad thing and is best avoided. The only known problem related to smoking in the back of the eye is the macular area, but we always advise smokers to stop immediately because so many body functions are affected and it is a leading cause of death. Read more...