Macular degeneration

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What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration (MD) usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. The dry form of MD occurs as a result of retinal atrophy; the wet form is due to leakage of blood or protein below the macula.

Common symptoms reported by people with macular degeneration

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people for macular degeneration

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Compare treatments taken by people with macular degeneration

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Who has macular degeneration on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 170 say macular degeneration is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 4
30s 21
40s 29
50s 66
60s 103
70+ 168
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 11
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 34
60-69 years 28
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 114
Female 278

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 183
Not Diagnosed 14

These charts show data from macular degeneration patients who have completed their condition history
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