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Drusen are yellowish white deposits that build up beneath the
retina. They are a normal result of aging but can also occur with eye disease,
such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
In people who have AMD, the tiny drusen grow together, form larger
deposits, and harden. They can interfere with the normal function of the
retina. Most people with drusen have no symptoms. Visual symptoms that happen
along with drusen are typically a sign that AMD is developing.
It is important that people who have drusen regularly see an
ophthalmologist to monitor changes and to handle complications.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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