Marfan syndrome

There are a large number of retinal disorders that can damage your retina. These disorders can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Early detection and treatment of retinal problems can often prevent further deterioration or loss of vision.

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Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue.  Connective tissue holds all parts of the body together and helps control how the body grows. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome features can occur in many different parts of the body, such as the eyes. Retinal detachment is more common in people who have Marfan syndrome. Glaucoma will also develop in about 35 percent of people with the syndrome during their life time, often at an earlier age than in the general population. People with Marfan syndrome should be taught to recognize the signs of retinal detachment and seek immediate consultation by an ophthalmologist. Because glaucoma is more prevalent among people with Marfan syndrome than people who do not have the disorder, intraocular pressure measurement should be part of a routine annual examination. If medical management of the condition is not successful, results from surgery have been excellent.

These programs were first broadcast the week of February 25, 2013.

T. Glenn Pait, M.D., of UAMS is the host of the program.

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