Dry versus wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - what's the difference?
Today we're looking at wet macular degeneration - a chronic eye disease that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in the visual field.
While wet macular degeneration only affects 10% to 15% of people with AMD, it accounts for a whopping 90% of severe vision loss caused by AMD! Read on to learn more about wet macular degeneration and treatment options...
To visualise it, imagine the roots of a tree growing a spreading until they crack and grow through a sidewalk. Then imagine rainwater seeping up throughout the cracks.
In more technical terms, in wet macular degeneration
, the membrane underlying the retina thickens and then breaks, which disrupts the oxygen to the macula. In response, the body grows new, abnormal blood vessels, which begin to grow through the breaks in the membrane behind the retina towards the macula. This usually raises the retina.
In wet macular degeneration, the abnormal blood vessels tend to be extremely fragile. In most cases, they grow and leak or bleed, which causes scarring of the macula. Sometimes, this fluid is referred to as exudate.
The damage to the macula leads to rapid central vision loss. Once this happens, it can’t be reversed. But, thankfully, there are a number of treatment options for wet macular degeneration that can be highly effective if you apply them early...
How to fight a leading cause of blindness - and keep "sharp as an eagle" eyesight!
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What are the treatment options for wet macular degeneration?
Currently, there are several treatment options for wet macular degeneration and many more being developed. These treatments are aimed at sealing off the leaking blood vessels with a light sensitive drug and a laser or preventing the vessels from growing back with anti-angiogenic therapies.
Repeated treatments as often as once a month are usually necessary. However, nowadays, doctors are finding that treatments can still be effective if they space them further apart. It’s important to keep in mind that each eye is different in wet macular degeneration, so your doctor will watch how you respond and recommend what works best for you.
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