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Myotonic dystrophy type 1


Other Names for this Disease
  • Dystrophia myotonica type 1
  • DM1
  • Steinert disease
  • Steinert myotonic dystrophy
  • Steinert's disease
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Treatment

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How might myotonic dystrophy type 1 associated vision problems be treated?

Treatment of eye and vision problems must be individually tailored. Refractive error and astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Special glasses with eye "crutches" can be used to improve vision in people with ptosis. Surgery can be done to treat ptosis and cataracts, however ptosis often recurs and special precautions must be taken with anesthesia.[1] If severe, strabismus may also be treated with surgery.[1]
Last updated: 6/14/2013

References
  1. Facts About Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular Dystrophy Association. December 2011; http://static.mda.org/publications/PDFs/FA-MMD.pdf. Accessed 6/14/2013.


Management Guidelines

  • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.
  • Orphanet Emergency Guidelines is an article which is expert-authored and peer-reviewed that is intended to guide health care professionals in emergency situations involving this condition.  

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Myotonic dystrophy type 1. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Dystrophia myotonica type 1
  • DM1
  • Steinert disease
  • Steinert myotonic dystrophy
  • Steinert's disease
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.