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How to Detect Drusen – My Retinal Disease Checkup Process

The other thing that was a little bit disturbing was I have a druse, which is the singular for drusen In other words, I'm starting some of that diabetic or age-related eye disease

So I just got back from the optometrist For a doc that does prevention, I shouldn't admit it it's been like four or five years Here's the good news – my distance vision has improved to where I don't really need distance glasses anymore Bad news is that I need something for reading, and I knew that my readings getting worse and worse I bought an iPad recently because I can't read books on my iPhone anymore

The other thing that was a little bit disturbing was I have a druse, which is the singular for drusen In other words, I'm starting some of that diabetic or age-related eye disease I'll show you in just a second So Dr Myer, what did you see on my test? First of all, what tests were these? So this is a wide-angle shot of your retina

This is called an optic disc, but what we're looking here is a picture of the back of your left eye These are your eyelashes, but this is the optic nerve, the cable that connects the eye to the brain, the blood vessels, and the whole things the retina So a traditional dilation, we shine bright lights and looking for any holes or tears or breaks the retina So we don't see signs of anything like that Then we look at the optic nerve, the cable that connects to the brain, the blood vessels, and then the center part of the retina is the macula

It's responsible for the center part of the vision so with some issues with diabetes and high blood pressure, it can cause damage to these blood vessels and cause them to bleed and leak fluid Did you know this diabetic retinopathy? So in your case, in your macula, the center part of the retina, we do see this little lipid deposit which is known as a drusen These can sometimes be seen in people with macular degeneration Now we took another scan of the eye, OCT, which does a hi-def look at the macula So could you point out that drusen with the very sort of yellowish sort of drusen or a single would be a druse

But okay, but the macula here the center part has the highest concentration of cones and the photoreceptors that are responsible for high vision, and that's why it's sort of dark green pigment Now the other scan looks at sort of a cross-section of the retina and of the macula And normally, it has a little fold This is called an OCT (optical tomography) All have a lots of compositor

Yeah, communicate to me Hey, you got it so normally it has a little sort of dip to it So these are all the layers of the retina So looking at that druse, we can see here a little bump right there And like I said, sometimes this lumpy, bumpy appearance can be associated with age-related macular degeneration

But in general, I think it has the normal contour and the average thickness for someone your age But this is definitely a spot where when I'm going to keep an eye on that This progresses it can cause vision loss and issues Thank you very much Thank you, Dr Myer Well, thank you for coming in

So there you have it Spite the fact that I'm doing a lot to control, this disease process, macular degeneration, age-related eye disease, AREDS, all of these diseases are similar to diabetes, they are a slow progression of a disease And the trick here, the goal is to slow it down as much as much as possible and in some cases even reverse it Thank you very much for your interest If you don't know this already, take it from me

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