Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration affects the central field of vision. The problem is related to the part of the retina called the macula. It does not cause complete vision loss because peripheral vision is maintained. The symptoms of macular degeneration are blurred vision, diminished central vision, trouble recognizing faces, and retinal damage.

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I am a 33-year-old woman with vision problems that appear like a white haze. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old female. Sometimes, when I do my work, my vision seems like a white haze. It looks like everything has a white haze light. It is pure, not like a fog or a dirty color. Sometimes, it lasts for a few minutes, and sometimes for a few seconds. Sometimes, I see it, and on som...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Using computers and smartphones causes dry eye due to decreased blink rate. Take frequent breaks. Look at far objects as eyes get strained looking at close things for a long time. Keep brightness minimal. Use Flogel HA (Sodium hyaluronate) ey...  Read Full »

Why is there a white haze sometimes?

Query: Hello doctor, Sometimes, when I am doing stuff, my vision makes it seem like there is a white haze, like heaven, I guess. Like everything has a white haze light. It is pure not like fog or a dirty color. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, other times a few seconds. Sometimes I see it, other times we...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are a number of causes which could lead to such a problem. In the eyes, macular degeneration can cause problems like a distortion of images, also called metamorphopsia and a drop in vision. Retinal detachment can cause flashes of light which come and go in an i...  Read Full »

How to manage hard macular drusen?

Query: Hello doctor, Two years ago, I was diagnosed with mild hard macular drusen. As of last week, my doctor suggested treatment has been AREDS 2 eye vitamins, healthy eating, and cardio exercise. I have started everything along with my regular vitamins. I do not smoke or drink, and I do not have a fam...  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your explanation, I can tell you have a dry variant of ARMD (age-related macular degeneration). This is an age-related change, and your treatment is going fine. This is the treatment recommended for this disease. No other treatment has come till date for th...  Read Full »

I am worried that my fiance's heredomacular dystrophy will progress to other diseases. Kindy help.

Query: Hi doctor, My fiancee has a problem with heredomacular dystrophy, and he is 30 years old. At this age, he does not have many problems. Actually, this disease has been present from the time of birth but was diagnosed ten years ago when he felt he finds difficulty reading very small words. Otherwise, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are many types of macular degeneration. Some are stationary, and some are progressive in nature. We need to perform a few tests like OCT (optical coherence tomography) and fundus angiography. These will help in finding the exact nature of dystrophy. The prognos...  Read Full »

I am told surgery will not help my macular hole. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have Best's disease and am currently undergoing injections in my left eye, and it is improving. I have now been told that my right eye has a full-blown macular hole, but surgery may not help. Why not?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. There are two surgical outcomes of macular hole surgery. 1. Anatomical correction, that is, whether the gap (hole) that has formed will be filled again or not. Usually, it has a 90 % chance in a macular hole surgery. ...  Read Full »

What is hereditary macular degeneration?

Query: Hello doctor, What is HMD (hereditary macular degeneration) and what is the maximum possible impact of this disease in future on a person? Can this disease make one blind?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to HMD (hereditary macular degeneration) is a broad term given to a group of diseases that mainly affect the retina by deposition of some kind of material in between the retinal layers. These are genetic diseases. Though I have not seen anybody going completely blind wi...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest whether I have AMRD or CSR on going through the reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old. 15 days ago, my left eye vision started getting distorted. I have no pain, and I never had any eye problem nor did anyone in my family. I went to the doctor, and the doctor did not give me any diagnosis so far. After a few scans, first one was taken 10 days ago and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is very difficult to comment without examining your retina or your scans. As you mentioned there was blood at the fovea, this is suggestive of wet ARMD (age-related macular degeneration) rather than CSR (central serous retinopathy). Moreover, injection is adv...  Read Full »

What is macular degeneration?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 68 years old. I have just been diagnosed with macular degeneration. The doctor basically stated that there was nothing that could be done as this was just a part of aging. He did suggest to eat more green leafy vegetables. When I suggested Kale and dark leaf vegetable powder, he la...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you stated that you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration that is ARMD (age-related macular degeneration). Now, let us know what ARMD is? Macula is the most sensitive part of retina (back portion of eye) and it must be healthy to have clear vision. But, due t...  Read Full »

Why do I see dark and light spots in my vision?

Query: Hello doctor,I notice some spots in my vision. But my vision is not distorted or blurred. The spots are dark sometimes and pale sometimes. It is more noticeable in my right eye rather than my left. This happens if I were to close one eye and look with another eye.Is this dangerous?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to likely, the spots in your vision are degenerative retina patches.I suggest you do a visual field analysis and OCT (Optical coherence tomography) to rule out scotoma. Regards.  Read Full »

Can distorted vision happen as a later effect of Lasik surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I see a distorted vision for the past one year. I see distorted shapes, especially when I tilt my head. Ten months ago, I visited my eye doctor. He did a dilated eye exam and said my eyes are normal. But I still see distortions. I had a lasik ten years ago. I can see clearly, but I al...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your history. You had lasik ten years ago. Are you sure you did not have any distortions in the image then or only for one year? What was your previous power before lasik? When lasik is done it flattens the cornea only for a certain diameter of the...  Read Full »

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