I wear contacts and recently noticed that my central vision is hazy/blurry in a circular shape in the right eye for near and distance vision. I can see the item behind the “spot,” but it is blurry, hazy, and reduced in intensity compared to the surrounding visual field. The spot is very small and in the exact center. I had an eye exam and the doctor didn't see any issues with my eye. When reading, the hazy effect disappears and I can read the text without the blurry/hazy effect. Are my symptoms related to focusing issues? Should I be taking any other action? [ 11/28/12 ]
A blurry central spot that is not present at certain times, can be one of many things from something simple such as a refractive error, cataract, or dry eyes, to issues that are more high risk, like age-related macular degeneration. A skilled eye exam can detect most of these conditions, so a normal eye exam is very reassuring. If your symptoms do not improve or continue to worsen, please request serial exams by your ophthalmologist. Symptoms of most diseases become more evident with time, even if not initially apparent.
My son and grandson have both been diagnosed with Best disease, and I have age-related macular degeneration. On August 29, 2012 I had a cataract extraction and lens replacement surgery on my right eye and it has been a miracle for me. Is there any relationship between macular degeneration and Best disease? I have worn eye glasses since I was a young child but doctors NEVER mentioned Best disease, and it still has not been mentioned! My son's right eye is now legally blind and the left one is also being affected. He is a general building contractor and it is causing him to have to consider giving up his business. Any information you can give me would be deeply appreciate. Please help me in helping him find answers to this serious problem. [ 11/28/12 ]
Best's macular dystrophy is a separate disease from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). If you have dilated examinations of the retina regularly, it is unlikely that you have Best macular dystrophy, but please confirm this with your retina specialist. Typically Best macular dystrophy only causes mild vision loss until the advanced stages; however, this disease can cause significant vision loss later on in life. You can read more about this disease on the EyeWiki site where ophthalmologists, other physicians, patients, and the public can view an eye encyclopedia of content written by ophthalmologists. Your son may benefit from evaluation from a low vision specialist. While the low vision specialist cannot improve vision from Best macular dystrophy, he or she can help obtain training, develop strategies, and obtain assistive devices so that your son can accomplish daily tasks.
Can a mini stroke cause macular degeneration? [ 11/28/12 ]
Mini strokes are not thought to have a causal relationship to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Both medical conditions are more common in older patients. Mini strokes are associated with blood vessel problems such as atherosclerosis; however, a link between atherosclerosis and ARMD has not been definitively been proven.
My father was diagnosed today with severe macular degeneration in one eye. His sight is very bad in that eye and is progressively getting worse. They said it has gone too far for any treatment to be effective. Do you have any suggestions or comments that could help? [ 11/28/12 ]
Injections into the eye are very effective for a certain group of patients with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). If your retina specialist has determined that your father is not a candidate for eye injections, he may benefit from a visit to a low vision specialist. Such a specialist can help your father obtain vision training and assistive devices to maximize his remaining peripheral vision and independence.
I am 64 years of age and female. During the last few months, I've noticed, especially when viewing TV, that if a person has on dark jeans or slacks and their legs are separated in the middle, between both legs, I will see a dark “V.” If the person is close up, it will be a short “V” and if they person is in the background, it will be a long “V.” What could be causing this effect? I have recently noticed similar visual effects when viewing light colors as well. [ 11/28/12 ]
From this description of symptoms only and not exam findings, it is challenging to come up with a definitive diagnosis. Your visual symptoms could be from a range of conditions, some harmless, and others visually threatening. For these symptoms, please have an examination and appropriate testing from an ophthalmologist.
I am 27 years old and was recently diagnosed with early-onset of macular degeneration. In my case, it is genetic so I am researching treatments and just general ways to stay healthy as long as possible in hopes that I can delay the effects of this disease. Do you have any advice or know of any studies I could be a part of in Canada? I know that this is typically an age-related disease, and I am having a hard time finding other young people in my situation. [ 11/28/12 ]
Macular degeneration is the name for a broad category of diseases. Of this broad category, age-related macular degeneration is the most common subtype. The prognosis, treatment, and potential clinical trials depend on the specific type of macular degeneration you have. Please ask your retina specialist to determine the exact type of macular degeneration you have and then you can research your specific disease. Several clinical trial websites are listed on this page of our site:
In addition, Health Canada is building a similar registry. These websites will be helpful after speaking to your retina specialist.
My brother has wet macular degeneration and has been receiving eye injections, which are not helping. The doctor will perform laser treatment. If this doesn't work, how important is it that he keeps getting treatments? He is 75 years old and is under the impression that it doesn't matter if he receives treatments or not. [ 11/28/12 ]
The eye injections such as Lucentis, Avastin, and Eylea are the currently best available treatments to control wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). These injections have been shown in multiple clinical trials to prevent vision loss in 90 percent of patients, and to improve vision in about 30 – 40 percent. Your brother may not be in the 30 – 40 percent of patients that observe significant visual improvement with the eye injections. The eye injections do not cure wet ARMD, they only control it. Stopping injections thus could lead to the worsening of ARMD and possibly permanent loss of vision. Your brother should discuss the benefits and risks of stopping the injections with his retina specialist so that he can make an educated decision based on his specific situation.
Can cataract surgery in a person with dry macular degeneration cause the disease to progress to wet macular degeneration? [ 09/24/12 ]
Numerous studies have been performed to determine if cataract surgery is associated with increased progression of dry age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), or conversion of dry ARMD to wet ARMD. Though some studies found a link between cataract surgery and exacerbation of dry ARMD, many other studies did not find a link. Currently, the consensus is that cataract surgery is not a definite risk factor for progression of dry ARMD.