macular degeneration

noun

Definition of macular degeneration

: progressive deterioration of the macula resulting in a gradual loss of the central part of the visual field especially : age-related macular degeneration

Examples of macular degeneration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes hereditary eye diseases that affect the retina, such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, in which vision often slowly deteriorates into blindness. Science, "These scientists set out to end blindness. Their innovations just won them $3 million.," 3 Dec. 2020 Already, her mother has a host of medical conditions, including heart disease, COPD, osteoarthritis and macular degeneration. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "For family caregivers, COVID is a mental health crisis in the making," 17 Oct. 2020 Regeneron’s top-selling drug, by far, is Eylea, a Part B treatment for macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness. James K. Glassman, National Review, "Drug Price Controls Endanger Seniors," 15 Oct. 2020 Nanoscope Technologies has gotten a $2 million award from the National Eye Institute for a gene therapy treatment for macular degeneration. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Bedford biomedical firm receives $2 million to begin macular degeneration trials," 3 June 2020 The gene therapy would treat the dry form of macular degeneration, which affects about 95% of cases. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Bedford biomedical firm receives $2 million to begin macular degeneration trials," 3 June 2020 In the United States, about 15 million to 20 million people experience macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Bedford biomedical firm receives $2 million to begin macular degeneration trials," 3 June 2020 While glasses or contact lenses can correct a child’s vision, research shows that having severe myopia puts children at risk for a number of eye problems down the road, including retinal detachment, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Olivia Killeen, The Conversation, "Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids’ eyesight," 21 May 2020 Trauma to the head or eye (like a sports injuries, or a car accident) can also precipitate floaters, as can health issues like diabetes or other eye conditions such as macular degeneration, adds Dr. Wisner. Cassie Shortsleeve, Health.com, "What Causes Eye Floaters? Ophthalmologists Explain Those 'Cobwebs' You See Sometimes," 23 Oct. 2019

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Macular degeneration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macular%20degeneration. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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macular degeneration

noun

Medical Definition of macular degeneration

: progressive deterioration of the macula of the eye resulting in a gradual loss of the central part of the visual field especially : age-related macular degeneration

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