Eye Conditions

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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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October 25, 2004

Drugs & Supplements With Adverse Effects on Ophthalmic Conditions Drugs

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This list of drugs is derived from the American Academy of Ophthalmology Syllabus for “Drug-Related Adverse Effects of Clinical Importance to the Ophthalmologist (F.W. Fraunfelder, MD, Instructor). For details about each drug, see the Syllabus. DRUGS topiramate (Topamax) 10% phenylephrine pledgets (Neo-Synephrine) sildenafil (Viagra) isotretinoin (Accutane)amiodarone (Cordone) hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine (Plaquenil) marijuana tamoxifen Bisphosphonates: alendronic acid ibandronate pamidronate zolendronate Carbonic Anhydrase
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September 14, 2004

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)

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by Dan Roberts September 2004 This syndrome is characterized by visual hallucinations in people who have a sudden change in vision such as that brought on by macular degeneration. Named after the man who first described it in 1780, it was later defined as “persistent or recurrent visual pseudohallucinatory phenomena of a pleasant or neutral
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July 10, 2004

What is Visual Impairment?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts 2004 Visual impairment is ranked third behind arthritis and heart disease as the most common condition causing a need for assistance with activities of daily living for persons 70 years and older. It is, however, often overlooked in the home care setting when treating patients for other conditions. (Source: A caregiver’s eye
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November 12, 2003

Pattern Dystrophies

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by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. November 2003 Pattern dystrophies are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and they involve the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) and the external macular retina. Pattern dystrophies represent a group of disorders that present in midlife with mild visual disturbances in one or both eyes. Since patients present later in life
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November 7, 2003

Retinal Telangiectasias

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by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. November 2003 Retinal telangiectasias are a group of rare, idiopathic (a disease having no known cause), congenital retinal vascular anomalies affecting the retinal capillaries. The conditions are characterized by dilation and tortuosity of retinal vessels and formation of multiple aneurysms (localized, pathological, blood-filled dilatations of a blood vessel caused by
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October 25, 2003

Computer Vision Syndrome and Computer Glasses

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by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally published October 2003 People who spend more than two hours on a computer each day will experience symptoms of CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome. The most common symptoms include headaches, focusing difficulties, burning eyes, tired eyes, general eyestrain, aching eyes, dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and
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October 6, 2003

How Visual Acuity Is Measured

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by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2003 This information is also available as part of an audiovisual presentation, “All About Eyeglasses”. A standard eye chart is necessary to make comparisons and to record people’s visual acuity. The most common chart used in most doctors’ offices is the Snellen eye chart. In 1862, a Dutch Ophthalmologist,
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July 25, 2003

Changes in the Retina Due to Aging

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Originally published July 2003 All layers of the retina age, which can contribute to loss of vision from retinal maculopathy. This is a summary of these processes. For definitions and illustrations of the retinal layers, see Anatomy of the Eye on this web site. For definitions of terms, see the MD Support Glossary. Vitreous gel
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