I Have Drusen Deposits, Do I Have Macular Degeneration?

Drusen is described as the abnormal build up of white or yellow deposits in the portion of the eye known as the macula.  Many people diagnosed with drusen deposits are concerned that they have a form of eye disease known as macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in seniors.  However, does drusen deposits mean you have macular degeneration?

People diagnosed with dry macular degeneration do have drusen deposits.  Drusen is described as white or yellow deposits that have built up on the macula.  What causes these deposits is not really known but these deposits are present in all people diagnosed with dry macular degeneration.

Does the presence of drusen mean that you have macular degeneration?

Drusen deposits on your macula does not mean you have macular degeneration.  Most people over the age of 40 have some small deposits of drusen.  This is normal as the eye ages.

If you are told that you do have drusen deposits, it can mean that you have a higher risk of developing macular degeneration.  Because of this it is important that you have your eyes monitored on a regular basis by an eye care professional.  If you are then diagnosed with dry macular degeneration, the eye disease has to be monitored closely to ensure that it does not progress into the more serious form wet macular degeneration.