Fluffy White Dots in the Eye

The picture below shows fluffy white dots in the macula area of the eye’s retina.  The macula serves the center of the vision.  This patient came in for a routine eye exam and see’s 20/20.  These dots are called drusen, and are deposits of waste material that the bloodstream doesn’t absorb easily.  Since the macula is the area of the retina that has the most metabolic activity, because it serves our central vision, it tends to get more accumulation of drusen.  This drusen accumulation causes eventual damage to the macula resulting in vision loss.  This vision loss is called macular degeneration.  Because we see that she has macular degeneration, we were able to get her on the proper multi-vitamins and diet to help decrease risk of progression.  

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