Eye Conditions

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December 12, 2011

Degenerative Myopia: a Review of its Nature and Current Treatment

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by Brian Ward, Ph.D., M.D. December 2011 Degenerative myopia deserves our recognition as one of the truly neglected areas of ophthalmology. It is reported to be the seventh ranking cause of legal blindness in the United Sates of America the fourth ranking cause in Hong Kong and the second in parts of China and Japan.
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May 25, 2011

Stargardt Disease

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by Dan Roberts (Updated May 25, 2011) Stargardt disease (also known as fundus flavimaculatus and Stargardt macular dystrophy) is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. Inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, it is a severe form of MD that begins in late childhood, leading to legal blindness. Stargardt disease is symptomatically similar
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May 23, 2010

Dominant Drusen

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by Dan Roberts (Updated May 2010) Dominant Drusen is an inherited autosomal dominant condition that presents with small round white retinal spots (drusen) that eventually form into a honeycomb pattern in the area of the optic disc and macula. Vision loss is usually slow unless neovascularization (abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage) occurs. Dominant drusen
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February 2, 2009

Cataract Surgery and Retinal Degeneration

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by Dan Roberts Originally published and updated 2/2/09 A cataract causes clouding of the normally transparent lens of the eye. As the lens becomes more opaque, the rays of light are prevented from focusing on the retina, leading to symptoms such as blurriness, light sensitivity, glare, distortion, and fading of colors and vision. Cataracts are
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August 23, 2008

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

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by Dan Roberts (Updated February 21, 2016) Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CRD) is an inherited progressive disease that causes deterioration of the cone and rod photoreceptor cells and often results in blindness. It can be found as an autosomal dominant trait, but it is usually acquired as autosomal recessive. Symptoms of CRD are seen as decreased visual
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November 23, 2007

Degenerative Myopia

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 2015) Overview Myopia is a condition whereby images come into focus in front of the eye, resulting in a blurred image on the retina. The more severe the nearsightedness, the farther the image is from the retina, which results in more blurry vision in the distance. Myopia causes light rays
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October 20, 2006

Cataracts as a Complication of Retinal Surgery

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by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2006 Cataracts are a complication commonly associated with any retinal or vitreal surgery. When cells are released during surgery, they can attach to the back of the lens and grow, or proliferate, accelerating cataract changes. Many surgeons do double or triple procedures when doing retinal or vitreous surgery. An
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July 10, 2006

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

An unprecedented survey of more than 250 AMD patients confirms the true facts about the disease. Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 10, 2006 — A recent opinion survey sponsored by Macular Degeneration Support (MD Support), a leading non-profit patient advocacy organization, shows that a strong majority of people affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do
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March 23, 2006

Stargardt Disease Information for Patients and Their Families

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by Janet S. Sunness, M.D. March 2006 Stargardt disease is the most common cause of macular degeneration and central visual loss in young people. Stargardt disease often develops in the teens or twenties, but may develop in younger children (the youngest child I have seen with it is 5) or may develop somewhat later in
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December 7, 2004

Is Brittany Blind?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions

A presentation to students of Music Therapy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City December 7, 2004 Presenter: Dan Roberts Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Introduction Ten-year-old Brittany has been a music and composition student of mine for three years. She was born with a rare condition called anophthalmia, which translates as “without organs of
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