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Is there a disease of the retina with an abbreviation IJTF

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Is there a disease of the retina with an abbreviation IJTF (or something like that), involving the word juxtaposition?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Yes, there is. What type of vision problems are you having?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
It is called idiopathic perifoveal retinal telangiectasis
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
leaking blood vessels apparently - unable to read anything on eye chart for left eye

can you tell me more about it
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
This disease is a spectrum of diseases all seeming to do with dilation and leaking of capillaries (small blood vessels) in the center of the part of the retina used for straight ahead vision (the macula). Many times it occurs in both eyes and causes mild vision loss to the 20/30 level. It can progress through various stages, leading to severe central vision loss.

It is important to rule out a number of other retinal diseases and this is best done by a retina specialist.

Why does this happen? No cause has been consistently found, hence the term "idiopathic" in the name.

In many cases this disease does not progress and vision loss is minimal so no treatment is indicated. In other cases laser can be tried, but this usually has only limited success. Currently there is no effective treatment for the advanced (stage 2 through 5) disease.

Here is a link to a brief article on your condition:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macular_Telangiectasia

I am a retina specialist and have treated many patients with this condition. Is there anything else I can tell you?
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Does this make sense to you?