Macular dystrophy is a rare, genetic eye disorder that causes vision loss. There has been an increased interest in this eye disease since the radio personality Glenn Beck was diagnosed.
Macular dystrophy affects a very small part of retina which is located deep inside the eye. The retina is the part of the eye that received light and transmits images to the brain. Specifically in Macular dystrophy, it leads to damage of cells in an area in the retina called the macula. The macula is responsible for the clear central vision. When the macula is damaged, people have difficulty seeing small images in the central part of their vision. This makes it difficult to read, drive, or perform other daily activities that require fine, central vision.
In macular dystrophy, a pigment builds up in cells of the macula. Over time, this substance can damage cells that are critical for clear central vision. Vision often becomes blurry or distorted. Typically, people with macular dystrophy maintain side (peripheral) vision, so they are not totally blind.
There are two types of macular dystrophy. A form called “Best disease” usually appears in childhood and causes varying degrees of vision loss. The second form affects adults, usually in mid-adulthood, and tends to cause vision loss that worsens slowly over time.
People with Best disease usually have one parent with the condition. The parent passes the gene to their child.
For adult-onset macular dystrophy, it’s less clear how the condition is passed from parent to child. Many people with adult-onset macular dystrophy have no other family members with the condition.
Macular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation. In some people, doctors have identified two specific genes that are affected.
The changes in Macular Dystrophy are very common to the changes that take place in Macular Degeneration.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in people over the age of 65. The exact cause of macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration is not known but the earliest changes occur in the choroid (vascular layer of the eye) and pigmented retinal epithelium. These changes begin as thickening of Bruch’s membrane which is the layer of the choroid next to the retina. These thickened areas become raised and have the appearance of warts. These changes produce loss of pigment and cell death of the functioning layers of the retina. It eventually leads to fluid accumulation, hemorrhage and scar tissue. Loss of central vision occurs but this rarely produces total blindness because the peripheral vision is preserved.
Most eye doctors state their is no cure or effective treatment for macular dystrophy. I strongly disagree. Vision loss does not have to progress and in many cases with proper treatment eyesight can even be improved!
What can be done? I have treated over 3000 cases of macular degeneration and over 30 cases of macular dystrophy. I have outlined my treatment in 10 Essentials to Save Sight which has become the foundation of my treatment of these conditions
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