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I received an ocular report indicating bilateral retinal pigment epithelial detachment on one of our students. Everything I have read online seems to be relating it primarily with age-related macular degeneration. This is a 5th grader. Does that mean possible juvenile macular degeneration?
Pigment epithelial detachments are a clinical finding that can be associated with a number of retinal diseases. Juvenile macular degeneration is a general term that describes a variety of conditions that affect the vision and clinical appearance of the central retina at a younger age. Your student should be evaluated by a retina specialist for a complete diagnostic evaluation.
Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD
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Answered: Mar 19, 2013
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