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What does juvenile macular degeneration (JMD) damage in the eye?

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Genetic counseling can teach parents about these eye problems and sort out the risks for their children. Counseling also helps families understand how their loved one's vision is affected.

Juvenile macular degeneration (JMD) damages the macula, the tissue in the center of your retina at the back of your eye. This area provides the sharp central vision that lets us do things like read and drive. It also allows us to see color and recognize faces. There’s a variety of inherited diseases that can lead to JMD.

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MD Support: "Types of Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration International: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What is Stargardt Disease?"

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Understanding Stargardt Disease."

American Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Stargardt Disease."

Orphanet Encyclopedia: "Best Disease."

Royal National Institute for Blind People: "Best's Disease."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "Best Disease."

Genetics Home Reference: X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

NCBI BookShelf: "X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What Is Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 31, 2020

SOURCES:

MD Support: "Types of Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration International: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What is Stargardt Disease?"

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Understanding Stargardt Disease."

American Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Stargardt Disease."

Orphanet Encyclopedia: "Best Disease."

Royal National Institute for Blind People: "Best's Disease."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "Best Disease."

Genetics Home Reference: X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

NCBI BookShelf: "X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What Is Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 31, 2020

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