Juvenile Macular Dystrophies

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Juvenile Macular Dystrophies

Juvenile macular dystrophy (JMD) is the term for several inherited eye diseases that cause loss of central vision in children and young adults. These diseases cause damage to the macula, the area of the eye responsible for central vision. People with macular dystrophies have trouble seeing straight ahead. The most common form of JMD is Stargardt disease, symptoms of which include gray or black spots in the central vision and affect both eyes. Loss of vision occurs gradually at first, but visual loss becomes much more rapid after a certain point. Color vision is affected later in the disease. The second most common form of JMD is Best disease. Symptoms of Best disease usually show up between 3 to 15 years of age. The third most common for of JMD is juvenile retinoschisis, which occurs primarily in young males. Symptoms of juvenile retinoschisis include difficulty focusing both eyes on one object and involuntary eye moments. Vision loss gets worse with age. Unfortunately, there are no treatments available for JMD at this time. However, promising new research is currently being conducted.

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Isabella's Aviary Alliance, LLC

Isabella’s Aviary Alliance, LLC actively demonstrates, through Isabella’s passionate and loving care in breeding and raising baby parrots for other special needs children, the possibility for two hearts—bird and child—coming together and connecting in a way which infinitely brightens the lives of both.

Last Updated: 2 Aug 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Juvenile Macular Dystrophies" for support, advocacy or research.

Isabella's Aviary Alliance, LLC

Isabella’s Aviary Alliance, LLC actively demonstrates, through Isabella’s passionate and loving care in breeding and raising baby parrots for other special needs children, the possibility for two hearts—bird and child—coming together and connecting in a way which infinitely brightens the lives of both.

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Last Updated: 2 Aug 2013

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The terms "Juvenile Macular Dystrophies" returned 1 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Difficulty in performing everyday activities in patients with juvenile macular dystrophies: comparison with patients with retinitis pigmentosa.
 

Author(s): J P Szlyk, G A Fishman, S Grover, B I Revelins, D J Derlacki

Journal: Br J Ophthalmol. 1998 Dec;82(12):1372-6.

 

To ascertain the level of perceived difficulty experienced by patients with central vision loss due to juvenile macular dystrophies in the performance of everyday activities. A second objective was to compare their perceived difficulty with that of patients with retinitis pigmentosa ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 1999

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Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Eye Diseases Hereditary; Retinal Disease; Achromatopsia; Bardet-Biedl Syndrome; Bassen-Kornzweig Syndrome; Batten Disease; Best Disease; Choroidal Dystrophy; Choroideremia; Cone Dystrophy; Cone-Rod Dystrophy; Congenital Stationary Night Blindness; Enhanced S-Cone Syndrome; Fundus Albipunctatus; Goldmann-Favre Syndrome; Gyrate Atrophy; Juvenile Macular Degeneration; Kearns-Sayre Syndrome; Leber Congenital Amaurosis; Refsum Syndrome; Retinitis Pigmentosa; Retinitis Punctata Albescens; Retinoschisis; Rod-Cone Dystrophy; Rod Dystrophy; Rod Monochromacy; Stargardt Disease; Usher Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2017

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