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Macular Drusen - Size, Shape and Numbers Matter
July 28, 2016

Macular Drusen - Size, Shape and Numbers Matter

"Large numbers of drusen or large confluent drusen are also associated with a significantly increased risk of developing choroidal neovascularization, characteristic of the exudative (wet) form of AMD."

Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. October 2003 vol. 44 no. 10 4481-4488

Increased Risk of Developing Wet AMD

Macular drusen are seen as tiny yellow or white specks that can be detected by your eye specialist during a dilated eye exam. These deposits are made up of fatty lipids and can be considered harmless or harmful depending on the size, shape and texture of them.

Also the number of drusen can be considered another factor in determining one's eye health. The type of drusen within the macula can be a prognostic factor for the progression of dry macular degeneration to wet macular degeneration.

Increased Risk of Developing Dry AMD

The detection of macular drusen can also identify those who are at risk for developing AMD. "Drusen within the macula are a significant risk factor for the development of AMD."

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science October 2003 vol. 44 no. 10 4481-4488

Find out more about the difference between hard and soft drusen, which one is better, and what questions to ask your doctor so you can monitor your own risks for this retinal disease:

Drusen - What Size, Shape, Texture and Numbers Mean for those with AMD 

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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