In the back part of the eye, behind the retina and the pigment that keeps it healthy, is a layer called Bruch's membrane. Angioid streaks are cracks in this membrane.
Several conditions can cause such cracks in Bruch's membrane including Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, Elher Danlos's, Paget's disease of the bone, and sickle cell disease, particularly SS disease.
Because of these cracks, the eye is more susceptible to injury, so eye protection and caution are urged. Also, for some unknown reason, abnormal blood vessel can grow through these cracks. These abnormal blood vessels in turn can leak fluid, bleed, and scar, causing vision loss. Sometime laser treatment is recommended get rid of these bad blood vessels.
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