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Macular degeneration

I few hours ago I went to get a regular eye exam and the eye doctor told me everything was ok but she told and show me some yellow spots and told in older people that could macular degeneration at the time did not fully understand what that means. She continue to tell me this spots could have been there before from birth. She said not worry about it just keep an eye. Last time I had an eye exam was 3 years ago and at that time I was not told about any spots. She said my vision has not really change since then and I have not notice any change my self. I am freaking out after google macular degeneration i have read this drusens do not automatically say i have the desease but i am very scare

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Dear Mike79,

I am sorry to read about your concerns.

Please contact us direct on the Macular Society helpline, then we can discuss your case in particular.

The Macular Society helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 3030 111.

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Kind regards,


Hello Mike

Indeed, often the optomotrists at the opticians do not tell you what they can see in your eyes unless they are concerned about an issue. The yellow spots on your retina may well be fatty deposits on your retina (drusen), which may or may not develop into AMD. As a rule, dry AMD develops very slowly, over 5 to 10 years. There is really no need to panic at this point, just be vigilant.

To put your mind at rest, check your eyes regularly (maybe once a week) on an Amsler Grid, which you can find on the internet. If any of the lines are wavy or distorted in any way go back to your optician straight away or see your GP for a referral to your local eye clinic. I understand your concern. Our eyesight is precious and we soon begin to fear the worst. But if your vision has not changed much over the past 3 years that is a very good sign. So, don't stress yourself out, it never helps; instead, make sure you live as healthy a lifestyle as possible and take every day as it comes.

Good luck


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