Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects approximately 15 million people in the U.S. and is a major cause of severe vision loss in people over 60. AMD occurs when there is a breakdown in the macula, the center of the retina which allows eyes to see fine details clearly. There are two forms: “Dry AMD” and “Wet AMD.”
"Today, we have access to revolutionary medications that can treat wet macular degeneration to help preserve vision and even improve vision with early diagnosis and treatment."
What is Dry Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD)?
Ninety percent of AMD patients have the dry form, making it the most common type of AMD. It is diagnosed when cellular waste products accumulate, causing yellowish deposits, known as drusen, in the macula. It is this drusen and subsequent atrophy of the retina that causes AMD. Dry AMD usually causes a slow, gradual deterioration of vision, unlike the sudden onset of wet AMD. Current treatment/management for the dry AMD includes vitamin therapy (AREDS2 formulation); regular eye examinations; home monitoring with an Amsler Grid to note any changes; and quitting smoking. Ongoing clinical studies continue to seek additional therapies.
What is Wet Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD)?
Wet AMD (also known as neovascular AMD) is less common, but a much more devastating condition with the potential to cause rapid vision loss. In this entity, there is abnormal blood vessel growth beneath the retina that can leak blood, causing scarring and permanently damaging light-sensitive retinal cells. Dr. Joshua Mali adds, "Today, we have access to revolutionary medications that can treat wet macular degeneration to help preserve vision and even improve vision with early diagnosis and treatment."
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