MACULAR DYSTROPHY

A hereditary group of disorders


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Condition

Macular Dystrophy is a group of disorders predominately involving the posterior portion of the ocular fundus, due to degeneration in the sensory layer of the retina, retinal pigment epithelium, Bruch’s membrane, choroid, or a combination of these tissues.

Common types of macular dystrophies are Best’s disease, Staargardt’s macular dystrophy and bull’s eye maculopathy.

Risk factors

The condition is hereditary.

Prevalence

Macular dystrophy is a rare disorder; its incidence is unknown.

Symptoms

Macular dystrophy has a range of effects ranging from minimal vision loss and problems with color vision to significant loss of reading and night vision.

Treatment

Low-vision devices can be helpful to people with macular dystrophy.