MACULAR DEGENERATION

 

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MACULAR DEGENERATION

 

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  • What is Macular Degeneration?

     

  • What causes Macular Degeneration?

     

    Many elder people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Exactly why it develops is not known. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Caucasians over 65. The two most common types of AMD are “dry” (atrophic) and “wet” (exudative):

     

    “DRY” MACULAR DEGENERATION (ATROPHIC)

    Most people have the “dry” form of AMD. It is caused by aging and thinning of the tissues of the macula. Vision loss is usually gradual.

     

    “WET” MACULAR DEGENERATION (EXUDATIVE)

    The “wet” form of macular degeneration accounts for about 10% of all AMD cases. It results when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the retina at the back of the eye. These new blood vessels leak fluid or blood and blur central vision. Vision loss may be rapid and severe. Deposits under the retina called drusen are a common feature of macular degeneration.

     

    Drusen alone usually do not cause vision loss, but when they increase in size or number, this generally indicates an increased risk of developing advanced AMD. People at risk for developing advanced AMD have significant drusen, prominent dry AMD, or abnormal blood vessels under the macula in one eye (“wet” form).

     

     

  • What are the symptoms?

     

  • How do you diagnose Macular Degeneration?

     

  • Treating Macular Degeneration

     

  • Adapting to low vision

     

 

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