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I recently read that the use of birth control pills can

cause blood clotting in the...
I recently read that the use of birth control pills can cause blood clotting in the eye which can cause blindness. Is this true?
Also, my sister was diagnosed with a macular dystrophy when she was 18 in one eye. It has not changed, and the dr. does not think it will change. I am 42. Should I be concerned about macular dystrophy? I go for annual exams, and so far no problems other than nearsightedness.
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Dr. Rick :

Yes, it is true that oral birth control can cause an increased chance of blood clots, especially if you smoke. These clots can form anywhere. While they can, of course, form in your eye, this is rare....the deep veins of the legs are much more common.

Dr. Rick :

As far as the sisters retina problems, there are many, many forms of macular dystrophy that can occur in young people, some of them are genetic in nature, some are not. If you have not had any problems and are having annual exams by a good ophthalmologist or retina specialist I wouldn't worry at this point

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Something must be on the blink with the chat system today. I see you are going in and out of the chat room but I can't see what you are typing. Let me change to Q&A format and see if that works better.....see you there.

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Hi. Let's try this. It is a little bit slower but tends to have less bugs.....
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Thanks for the information. The fact that my sister has a macular dystrophy, does that increase our changes for macular degeneration?

And if, on the rare occasion a blood clot forms in your eye....is that treatable by your eye dr?
I see that you are still online but I can't see what you are typing, if anything.
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No. They are separate issues....not related at all.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Thanks for the information. The fact that my sister has a macular dystrophy, does that increase our changes for macular degeneration?

And if, on the rare occasion a blood clot forms in your eye....is that treatable by your eye dr?

And one last question....i am pretty nearsighted (my contacts are -7.5 and -8.0). Can this cause detached retinas?
Blood clots in your eye are much better avoided then treated. They can cause devastating loss of vision that can be very difficult to fix.....depends on how big the clot is and where in the retina it forms.
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You are at a higher risk then someone not as near sighted, but it doesn't cause it. Just watch out for flashes and floaters....
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Thanks for the information. The fact that my sister has a macular dystrophy, does that increase our changes for macular degeneration?

And one last question....i am pretty nearsighted (my contacts are -7.5 and -8.0). Can this cause detached retinas?

Based on what you said about clotting, in your opinion are birth control pills still safe for women to take?
thanks
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Thanks for the information. The fact that my sister has a macular dystrophy, does that increase our changes for macular degeneration?

And one last question....i am pretty nearsighted (my contacts are -7.5 and -8.0). Can this cause detached retinas?

Based on what you said about clotting, in your opinion are birth control pills still safe for women to take?
thanks
much, much safer then an unwanted pregnancy at 42.....just don't smoke :)
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Thanks for the information. The fact that my sister has a macular dystrophy, does that increase our changes for macular degeneration?

This is the last and final question and then I will click the pretty green button.
thanks
I answered that one...but I see the gremlins musta ate it.

They are separate things...not related at all. You have no increased risk for the age related macular degeneration you are thinking about due to your sisters macular disease.

Have a great night.
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