Introduction to Macular Degeneration

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Macular degeneration An incurable, age-related, progressive eye disease that affects more than 10 million Americans. Leading cause of blindness for those ages 55 and older. Macular degeneration For the first time, researchers have linked gene defects to macular degeneration. Could lead to the ability to identify people at high risk for the disorder and perhaps to ways to treat or prevent vision loss. Stargardt's disease Also known as juvenile macular degeneration. An inherited disease that usually manifests itself between the ages of 7 and 12. Believed to cause the eye's central vision to deteriorate because the rod cells just outside the macula erode, which eventually harms the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

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