What is myopic macular degeneration?

Myopia is a common eye condition where distant objects appear blurry. Myopic eyes are longer than they should. When the eye is too long, there could be biological and mechanical changes to the layers at the back of the eye. This condition is often refereed to as degenerative, malignant, or pathological myopia. When the changes involve the macula it is often called myopic macular degeneration (MMD), myopic maculopathy, etc.

Symptoms of MMD

MMD symptoms are similar to other types of macular degeneration and can include

  • Distorted vision (lines look wavy)

  • Dry MMD causes a gradual loss of central vision; wet MMD is like wet AMD and can cause rapid loss of central vision

  • Blank spots in vision, especially central vision

  • Trouble seeing shades of colors

  • Difficulty in adjusting your eyes going from brightly lit to dim spaces, and vice-versa

Prevalence of MMD

  • More than 1,000,000 people suffer from MMD in the US

  • Myopia in children is an epidemic in East Asia

Treatment of MMD

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